Gubelin, Lucerne, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fine watches and jewelry since the mid 1800’s, and they also retailed clocks, many made by other Swiss manufacturers. This clock on a shelf is such a product. The painted wood case is covered with brass, has a key locking glass door in front and a latching door in back. The dial, movement, pendulum, and case are all signed by Gubelin. The clock is 18 inches but on the shelf together they are 25 inches high. The dial is comprised of large porcelain cartouche numerals, porcelain inner dial, and original hands. Interesting that the pendulum is also signed by Gubelin. The clock is running and striking on a bell. $450-$650.
Ansonia Clock Co. metal case clock, “Regent with Candelabras”, ca 1904. I have had this clock for a while, never displayed where folks would admire it, but tucked away in the dark because I did not want to sell it. It was refinished years ago in the original gold color, by the late Bruce Baziluk. Every smidgen of the case and candelabras was redone, so if you don’t like gold don’t buy this one. The clock is 22 ½” high and the candelabras are 20 inches high. It has cast metal pieces of all descriptions assembled into a very attractive clock. If it has a fault it would be that it is heavy. I have not seen but a couple of this model before so I cannot judge the value or collectability, however, if I have not seen many they must be rare. The ones I have seen did not have the candelabras. The glass is beveled, hands are correct and there is an open escapement mechanism. The movement is 8 day, and is signed. The movement is running and striking a rack and snail strike on a standing Cathedral gong, clock strikes hours and half hours, and there is a correct pendulum and key. This is a keeper. Ly-Ansonia #1548. $1000-$1250.
“Bolviller a Paris”, signed on the porcelain dial and movement of this unusual and early brass carriage clock, ca 1848-1858. Bolviller had some connection with Japy Freres in the early clockmaking years. Brass case is 7 inches high with gilt castings and heavily engraved back door and dial plate. Both the front and back doors are hinged, with original pull knobs. Back door also has a movable plate inside the door accessible from the outside allowing access to winding arbors and hand set, without opening the door. The 8 day movement runs and strikes. Strikes one time on both half hours and hours. Most unusual and probably earliest of any of the rare carriage clocks we have sold. $1200-$1500.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. City Series clock, “Greek”, ca 1879. Walnut case is 24 inches high, clean and in good original condition, with no repairs or new wood. It has a side key lock, knob on the door, and original glass. The old black label came loose in the base of the case and is now in an envelope. It can be glued back in place if you so desire. The nice ST pendulum bob, nickeled bell, brass dial rings, and hands, are all original stock. The two piece dial is signed and surprisingly in very good original condition. The 8 day lyre movement runs and strikes hours on the nickel bell. Some collectors have asked me how the “Greek” could be a City Series model. There are many Greek/Greece named cities in the northeast. Ly-Seth Thomas #545. $200-$300.
“Chauncey Ives / Bristol, Connecticut”, pillar and scroll clock, ca 1824. 30 hour time and strike weight driven wood movement strikes on an iron bell each hour. The clock has been serviced and is in running condition. It has old iron weights, old pendulum bob and hands. The wood dial is excellent. Inside the case is practically a complete and very large paper label. The door has had some work done on the wood frame and both glasses are new. The mahogany case is 30 ½ inches to the top of the modern brass finials. The scrolls and base are new. On top there are period metal covers over the wood rollers. $200-$300.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No.1 Extra”, ca 1875. The 44 inch burled and rosewood case is clean and polished. There is some handling wear around the outer edge of the bezel but otherwise the veneer and finish is very nice. The consignor considered having the veneer repaired but decided the clock would then not be original. With a little matching stain you hardly notice any scruffy veneer. The original bottom glass is like the one pictured in Ly-Seth Thomas #846, movement pictured at #846-A, and the case at #844 and 846. The original dial pan has the original paint with some tiny flakes and after 150 years has darkened somewhat. The hands are correct but missing the seconds hand. The sliding partitions that cover the weight chute are both replaced. The lower door lock requires a male ended key to lock. Key is included. There has been some case work inside, two small blocks that the dial rests on have been replaced. The consignor says the clock runs. I did not hang the weights on the cords. It should be checked by a repair person before hanging them. This clock is surely worth 2-3 times my minimum. $750-$1000.
Ansonia Clock Co. crystal regulator, “Apex”, ca 1905. This model is one of the larger and more desirable of their crystal regulators. It is 18.5” high, in good original condition including the original rich gold finish, and the cast pendulum bob which features rhinestones around the edge. There is only slight wear and the gold is very good but of course not as bright as it would have been 100 years ago. The four beveled glasses are near perfect. The two piece porcelain dial is perfect, signed, has original hands, and has the open escapement mechanism. The 8 day movement is signed, running, and striking hours and half hours on a standing cathedral gong. Included with the clock is a two ended winding key. Ly-Ansonia, pages 109-110. $3000-$3500.
French/Swiss pinwheel regulator. Walnut? case is 78” high, very clean and polished. It could have been refinished at some time for it looks like a piece of antique furniture and is ready to hang and enjoy. The clock came to us from a long time collector who had it hanging in his home for many years. He had it held to the wall with 4 large screws. There is no wall hanger on the case, but they are easy to come by. The door has two glasses, and latches on the side. The bottom glass has a small break in the bottom right. The top is not attached but you may wish to remedy that. I could not get a good full picture of the clock working alone. I took an extra picture so you could enlarge and see the finials on the base of the case. As you know most cases housing French/Swiss movements were made in the USA, either in a factory or cabinetmaker. The movement rests on a wood mounting bracket. In these old clocks that are 100 years old or more, you most generally see many holes in the backboard. The Swiss pinwheel movement is typical, housed in an iron box with latching doors on each side of the box. Porcelain dial with large brass dial surround that stretches 14” across the inside of the case. There are small hairlines on the dial and two very small chips on the outside edge of the dial. Lyre pendulum, brass weight, and a pair of large hands, complete the clock. The 8 day time only movement was recently cleaned and oiled and is running. In the past we have sold Swiss pinwheel regulators, not nearly this nice, for up to $5000. $1500-$2000.
Waterbury Clock Company, “Regulator No.3”, ca 1891. This is a clean oak cased clock, 46” tall, just in to us from a long time collector along with many other fine clocks from his collection. The stain and finish on the wood is outstanding. The wood parts including finials and other woodwork are all original. The glass is old and it has the proper door knob and latch. On the base inside is a signed beat scale. The brass weights, pulleys, brass pendulum bob, and wood pendulum rod are all original. It has three correct hands, original signed dial and brass rings. The movement in this model runs 8 days, is time only, and powered by two brass weights. You won’t have to do anything to the clock for it is ready to hang and enjoy having come from a fine home where it has been enjoyed for years. We sold a walnut No.3 in our January 2011 auction for $4700. Gosh how times have changed. Ly-Waterbury #555. $1000-$1500.
Waterbury Clock Company, “Regulator No. 67”, ca 1906. Dark oak case is 50” tall, retaining the original finish, clean and polished but retaining the natural darkening from smoke accumulation. The case is not perfect but very near. There are pressed designs on the top rail, ripple molding below that, and several layers of other molding. The large door has ripple molding all around. There are two door hooks and a large glass. We cannot say for sure the glass is original. The base has applied wood ornaments. The signed dial is holding its original paint with light flaking especially around the screw holes. The brass bob, wood stick, signed porcelain beat scale, and brass pulleys, are all original. The brass weights are probably more modern than 100 years old. Ly-Waterbury #573. $1000-$1300.