AUCTION : 1018

Lots 915 - 920: E. Howard & Seth Thomas Astronomical & Jeweler's Regulators

Lot#: 915

DESCRIPTION: E. Howard & Co., Boston, "No. 61" astronomical regulator, the renaissance revival style case with molded stepped base and burl veneered panels to the front and sides, and with cyma and cavetto molded top, supporting the upper case with glazed door and sides, the door with applied, stylized Grecian foliate carvings, and simple eight lobe roundels, arched cornice molding surmounted by a broken pitched pediment with central urn and laurel festoon, and the corners with stylized palmette form acroterion angularium above stylized, flattened volutes, door glass with reverse painted and gilded "W. A. Robertson Standard Time", silvered astrnomical dial signed "E. Howard & Co. Boston, Mass.", blued steel hands, damascened brass week going movement with jewelled pallets, mercury pendulum with four nickel plated steel jars, brass frame, and nickel plated rod, silvered beat scale, brass clad weight, and heavy cast iron bracket attached to the case back, supporting both the pendulum and the movement
CONDITION: case cleaned, but retains a good old, and possibly original surface, base with minor bumps and dings, lettering on glass flaking and with repair, dial with fingerprint staining, hands good, beat scale with minor staining, pendulum frame with moderate tarnish, retains its original damascened surface, suspension broken, weight with minor tarnish and staining, movement with fingerprint staining, front plate with spot of corrosion, back plate with a few small spots of corrosion, back cock with scratches, will run, but would benefit from service. A fine example. This clock was sold at Fontaines Auction Gallery, Pittsfield, Mass. May, 2009, lot 125, having been consigned by a descendant of the original owner. .
ESTIMATE: $60000 - $90000
PRICE SOLD: $40000
CIRCA: 1875
DIMENSIONS: 93in x 30.5in x 13.75in

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Lot#: 916

DESCRIPTION: E. Howard & Co., Boston, "No. 60" hanging regulator, the renaissance revival style case with glazed door and sides, the door with applied, stylized Grecian foliate carvings, and simple eight lobe roundels, base with two turned, carved drops flanking a tapered, stepped bracket terminating in a large, shallow cavetto molding with turned and carved drop, the top with arched cornice molding surmounted by a broken pitched pediment with central urn and laurel festoon, and the corners with stylized palmette form acroterion angularium above stylized, flattened volutes, silvered dial signed "E. Howard & Co. Boston, Mass.", blued steel hands, damascened brass week going movement with jewelled pallets, mercury pendulum with four nickel plated steel jars, brass frame, and nickel plated rod, silvered beat scale, brass clad weight, and heavy cast iron bracket attached to the case back, supporting both the pendulum and the movement
CONDITION: case in an original, darkened finish, with dings, scrapes, and minor losses, two drops loose, lower right carving with door pivot repaired, door with old repair on upper right, bottom molding with finishing nails at corners, case back with scrapes from pendulum, dial with minor patchy tarnish, wooden dial frame loose, missing many glue blocks, hands good, movement very dirty, oily, and with staining, ticking, but needs service badly, beat scale with losses to silver, pendulum rod with oxidation and loss of plating, pendulum frame with tarnish and staining, one jar with losses to plating, weight with minor tarnish and staining
ESTIMATE: $30000 - $40000
PRICE SOLD: $18000
CIRCA: 1875
DIMENSIONS: 80in x 27in x 12in

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Lot#: 917

DESCRIPTION: Howard & Davis, Boston, Mass., a rare astronomical standing regulator, walnut, rosewood and rosewood veneer drumhead case, the base with turned, quarter round bead moldings framing recessed panels at the front and sides, and finished with a deep cavetto molding transitioning to the trunk, the trunk door with arched, crossbanded opening for viewing the weight and pendulum, and flanked by two narrow faux panels with crossbanded surround, the case sides also with glazed, arched windows, and surmounted by a cavetto molding below an incurved transition piece with conforming, molded panel, and supporting the drumhead with turned, molded door before the silvered brass dial, signed "Gifford, Estes & Co.", and "Howard & Davis Manufacturers, Boston", blued steel hands, large 8 day, weight driven timepiece movement with brass counterpoise for minute hand, jewelled pallets, pallet arbor, and escape wheel, and having adjustable steel endpieces throughout, brass weight with lyre form pulley, mercury pendulum with steel rod and decorative steel components, and blue cased glass jar with elongated, oblong clear cut panels, and with silvered beat scale, all before a mirrored case back, catching and reflecting light, and enhancing the decorative aspects of the various components
CONDITION: case refinished, minor repairs to veneers, minor lifting and blistering to veneers and crossbanding, a few minor veneer losses, curved crossbanding at upper left of door repaired, and the glass abraded adjacent to the repair piece, dial with minor tarnish, hands good, drumhead door with later catch, the catch for the original lock missing, inner ring retaining drumhead door glass replaced, brass components of pendulum with mercury staining, steel pendulum components with minor, patchy oxidation, suspension spring with bends and minor oxide, jar very good, weight with minor tarnish and a few dents, pulley with minor dings, movement plates with tarnish and fingerprint stains, pillar screws with minor oxide, winting square with twist. Founded in 1842 by Edward Howard and David Davis, their output is consistently high quality, as can be seen in this example. The use of rosewood for the case is notable, as is the unusual pendulum jar, likely a product of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., or the New England Glass Co. Only a small number of standing astronomical regulators by this firm are known.
ESTIMATE: $30000 - $40000
PRICE SOLD: $38000
CIRCA: 1850
DIMENSIONS: 85.5in x 24in x 15in

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Lot#: 918

DESCRIPTION: Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn, "Regulator No. 15", standing jeweler's regulator, 8 day, time only, nickel plated weight driven movement, mercury pendulum with thumbprint glass jar in walnut case with burl walnut highlights and hinged storage in base with silvered dial and center sweep seconds hand
CONDITION: the case retains some of its old finish which has had a new product applied as an overcoat. The four pad feet and the upper door lock are absent. There is a scratch on trim along outer right side of backboard and a chip to one of the rosettes on right side of trunk. The dial has been resilvered and the hands need to be reblued. We sold an excellent example of the Regulator No. 14 from the Wasserman collection in October of 2011 for $29,000 plus 12.5% Buyer's Premium.
ESTIMATE: $15000 - $20000
PRICE SOLD: $6500
CIRCA: 1886
DIMENSIONS: 99.5in x 29.75in x 10.5in

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Lot#: 919

DESCRIPTION: E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass., "No. 12 Regulator", wall clock, 8 day, time only, weight driven movement with a meter long compensated mercury pendulum with glass jar, in a walnut case with a painted metal dial and reverse painted tablet and on a purpose made special order base from the factory that allows the clock to stand on the floor.
CONDITION: may be displayed as a wall or standing model; hanger is still in place, as is the original bottom, which nests into the base. This clock is in overall excellent original condition including movement, tablet and pendulum rod with original gold leaf, and mercury filled thumb print glass jar. The original beat scale and walnut support has repairs. There are two stretchers that have been added with screws to the rear of the case to provide support in a standing configuration, and can be removed if desired. There is a paint flake near 12. Overall with base 87" H x 30" W x 12.5" D. Mercury for the pendulum is included and must be hand delivered. The level of mercury in the photograph is simulated and may differ from actual amount. We sold this specific clock in our April 2008 auction for $56,000 plus 10% buyer's premium.
ESTIMATE: $15000 - $20000
PRICE SOLD: $10000
CIRCA: 1884
DIMENSIONS: 60in x 19in x 8in

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Lot#: 920

DESCRIPTION: E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass., "No. 36 Regulator", 8 day, time only, weight driven movement with Graham deadbeat escapement, meter long pendulum with loaded glass jar in a carved walnut case with mirrored back and painted metal dial.
CONDITION: the clock is in excellent original condition. There is an unfinished area where the seat board rested when finish was applied to the inside of the case. The seat board was then raised to accommodate the configuration for the No. 36. The core of this case may have been used for other Howard models.Two strips have been added to the back of the dial surround to support a split in the board.The weight, pendulum and bob are all original and Howard type. This is a very scarce model in excellent condition. The term "loaded pendulum" is from the E. Howard catalog description of the No. 36. The description states, in part, that the clock has "a pendulum rod of wood, and loaded glass jar for pendulum ball. It is finely finished in every respect. For accuracy of performance it is equal to anything but a compensated pendulum, while its appearance is solid and ornamental. This can be arranged with a compensated pendulum".
ESTIMATE: $25000 - $35000
PRICE SOLD: $16000
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 74in x 26.75in x 9.5in

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