Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No.3”, ca 1879. Eight-day wall timepiece in burled walnut, standing 44” high, overall in beautiful condition but not without a wart or two. The wood has been cleaned and polished, any black remaining is in the cracks. There are a few small chips around the inner part of the round next to the glass. There is no flaking of veneer around the lower glass and the gold around the lower glass is still bright. The original dial shows no flaking and the dial pan is original to the case as the holes match up. The 8-day trapezoid movement is signed and running. The brass pendulum bob, wood stick, brass beat scale, brass weight with knurled caps, brass pulley, side door lock, and the black label inside are all original stock. The label has been chipped by the weight and pendulum probably when moving the clock, but there is about 75% of the label present. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 279-281. $1750-$2000.
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 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 a couple of extra pictures so you could enlarge them 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. We cannot swear where this one was made. 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.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. “Regulator No. 1”, ca 1860-1865. Complete black and gold label covering the weight chute panel, says in part, “Manufactured and Sold by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. Thomaston, Conn.”. Some of the paper beat scale is also on the weight chute panel below the label. Rosewood veneered case is 34” high; the veneer is grainy and appears to have never been cleaned. Both door locks are in place but latches were installed on both doors and apparently moved at least once leaving holes that should be filled and stained. The painted door glass has lost all of the black paint and much of the gold. It can be restored if you choose. The hands, glasses, weight, pendulum ball and stick, all appear to be original. As you can tell the pendulum ball has lost all the brass covering and now has a copper appearance. The movement is the early type, rectangular, unsigned, which is normal, and the weight drops down the center of the case like the later No. 2 regulators. This very early clock is running, and could be made to look good once more. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 269-271. $500-$750.
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. $1200-$1500.
Waterbury Clock Co. hanging “Regulator No. 4, Rosedale”, ca 1881. This is a great clock, with one problem, the top is a replacement, but someone did an outstanding job. If the back were darkened and the peg holes were darkened it might fool me. I believe every No. 4 I have ever seen had a missing or a new top. The dark oak case is 51” tall, and has a bushel of style points. Note the spool rail on top, full turned columns, sloping decorative bottom, and the stylish bottom board. The case is original, (other than the top) lightly cleaned but still has some light crazing and smoke in the grooves and cracks. There was originally a key lock on the door, now replaced with a turn latch. Porcelain beat scale, brass bob, wood stick, and the three hands, all look to us to be correct. The dial has no problems other than normal wear and the pair of brass weights appear to be original. The movement is 8-day, double wind, time only, has dead beat escapement, retaining power, and solid polished movement frames. Ly-Waterbury #524. Would be worth twice our minimum if it had a top. $1000-$1500.
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.