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ABM-0419
$15,500
United States Clock Co. , c.1870
Astronomical Regulator
“B”

U.S. Clock Co. Regulator "B" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

U.S. Clock Co. Regulator "B" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

U.S. Clock Co. Regulator "B" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

U.S. Clock Co. Regulator "B" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Original Catalogue Drawing
(lower-end mvt config )

 

Here is a rare floor-standing "Regulator B, No. 6.16" by the well-known but seldom seen U.S. Clock Company of New York. This model was made in three sizes (14", 16", 18" dial) and with three different mechanism configurations, this 16" "astronomical" version being the finest and most expensive configuration.

From the original catalog:

“The manufacturers of this Company are under the immediate supervision of the best practical scientific talent of the age; the machinery of the greatest delicacy and exactness, and none but skillful workmen employed. All material is of the best quality and fineness, prepared on purpose, and no parts are allowed to be put together until they have passed the closest scrutiny, producing Fine Regulators of superiority to any other make or importation.

These Regulators have dead beat escapements and maintaining power, tested by heat and cold to perfect compensation, and are guaranteed in every respect.

Regulators built for special purposes, indicating one, two, or three or more times on one dial, cased in any style of Rosewood, Mahogany, Walnut, etc.

The attention of those desiring accurate Time is invited.

United States Clock Co. • New York”


The United States Clock Company is shown in Spittlers' and Bailey's American Clockmakers and Watchmakers as "Ca. 1872, at 18 Cortlandt Street. Made fine floor and wall regulators, some with multiple dials. Also produced various styles of common wood and iron-cased shelf clocks. Trademark has US Clock Co. with US intertwined. Clocks were often sold by Terhune and Edwards of New York City." See link to U.S. Clock Co. article for more info on Terhune and Edwards.

Astronomical Regulators: During the Industrial Revolution, daily life was organized around the home pendulum clock. More accurate pendulum clocks, called regulators, were installed in places of business and railroad stations and used to schedule work and set other clocks. The need for extremely accurate timekeeping in celestial navigation to determine longitude drove the development of the most accurate pendulum clocks, called astronomical regulators. These precision instruments, installed in naval observatories and kept accurate within a second by observation of star transits overhead, were used to set marine chronometers on naval and commercial vessels. Beginning in the 19th century, astronomical regulators in naval observatories served as primary standards for national time distribution services that distributed time signals over telegraph wires. (Source: Wikipedia)

Physical: The walnut case with a very commanding presence measures 28.75”w x 102”h x 12.25” d and is in excellent overall physical condition (there is a horizontal crack in the burl on the lower part of the base panel but the camera tends to exaggerate things like that – our eyes were not drawn to it when we were there to do the photography). The finish appears to be original.

The engraved, silvered dial is huge, with a 16” diameter. It, too, is in excellent physical condition. The dial shows minutes on the outer chapter ring and has subsidiary dials for seconds and hours.

The consignor had the center finial made so that the clock would fit in his office. A close collector friend and neighbor of his believes the original one may be at the house and he is checking into that. If not, and a “correct” one was needed, it is a simple design and should not be expensive to have created. However, the finial that’s on it now is age-appropriate, beautiful and complex – must’ve cost him quite a sum to have made!


Mechanical: The precision eight-day astronomical regulator movement, (which is constructed like a Sherman tank) is in excellent mechanical condition. It has a mercurial pendulum with a “thumb-print” glass jar, typical of higher-end clocks. There is a U.S. Clock Co. signature on the beat plate behind the pendulum and on the front plate of the movement.

Comments: This is an absolutely fabulous and rare large astronomical regulator that will command attention wherever it is placed. It is coming from the lobby of a law firm. So, the question is, will it go into your office, or the entry or library of your residence? The good news is that you get to decide that... and then give us a call to start the process!

Shipping: This clock will be moved by one of our specialty blanket-wrap movers. We will make the arrangements for you and then you pay them directly for their (safe and dependable) services.

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Description

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Front Left
Front Right
Head/Dial
Trunk
Lower Section
Detail Upper Right
Detail Ri
ght Mid
Pendulum
Movement Left
Movement Right - 1
Movement Right - 2
Movement
Signature
Weight
Pendulum


Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p425

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PSY-0430
$925
Seth Thomas Parlor Calendar No. 5

Seth Thomas Parlor Calendar No. 5 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas Parlor Calendar No. 5 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas Parlor Calendar No. 5 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas Parlor Calendar No. 5 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Here a configuration of this particular Seth Thomas calendar clock that we've not seen before. If you look closely at the front photo of the clock and the catalogue cut you will notice that the diamond-shaped trim just below the clock dial in the catalogue is not present on this model. That's because the earlier models had a small panel that opened on the front. This model, factory-stenciled from January, 1890, has a full-opening front door. Much more practical for service.

Physical: The walnut-veneered case is in excellent physical condition (shellac overcoated at some point in the past – typical) and measures 12.5"w x 20"h x 6"d.

The 8" diameter dials retain the original paint and chips were touched up recently by Lesley Neff Fernandez, our favorite dial-painter of all time. Nice work, Lesley, they look wonderful! There is an original label on the inside of the door that is in excellent condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and cup bell-strike movement was recently professionally serviced as was the (R.T. Andrews-design) perpetual calendar mechanism. Both are in excellent mechanical condition.


Comments: This is a great little clock – simple design and elegant, just waiting for a special place in your home or office. Call us to start the process: you won't find a nicer one.

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Description

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Front View
Front Left
Front Right
La
bel
Clock Dial
Calendar
Dial
Clock Movement
Both Movements
Calendar Rollers
Back (Date Stencil)


Reference

Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.200
Ly, T.D., Calendar Clocks, 1992, p.260

Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.106.
Miller, A. & D., Survey of American Calendar Clocks, 1989, p.18

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UTJ-0407
$1,595
Kroeber Regulator No. 30

Kroeber Regulator No. 30 in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Kroeber Regulator No. 30 in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Interestingly, this circa 1875 model was made in two sizes by Kroeber at two different catalogue periods and the same clock was sold by Seth Thomas Clock Co. in the smaller size and very close to the larger size by New Haven Clock Co.

A large clock retailer, American Clock Company with offices literally adjacent to Kroeber on Cortland St. in NY as well with offices in Chicago, was known to sell this model from all three clockmaking firms. In addition the Kroeber model can be found with movements marked "Kroeber", "Seth Thomas", and "E.N. Welch". There appears to have been an incestuous relationship between the companies. Also interestingly, The Clock Guy wrote the introductions to Tran Duy Ly's books on both Seth Thomas and Kroeber clocks...

Compare Kroeber, Seth Thomas, New Haven models ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Subsequent to posting this listing we came across an old listing our ours that we sold years ago of an E.N. Welch unidentified model number version of this same clock:

Unidentified Welch Wall Regulator similar to Kroeber Reg 30 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Physical: The walnut case of the Kroeber 30, which measures 15"w x27"h x 5"d is in excellent physical condition. It has been refinished at some point in the past (typical). The 7" paper dial has age-appropriate discoloration. Also included, if you are not a purist and want a pretty, clean new dial, is a new printed dial paper.

Mechanical: The No. 41A Seth Thomas time-only movement is original to the case and has recently been professionally overhauled. It is in excellent mechanical condition.

Comments: Great little clock with an interesting story. Ready for that special place in your home or office. Call us to start the process.

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Description

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Front View
Front Left
Upper Left
Upper Right
Lower Left
Lower Right
Front Right
Base
Dial
Extra Dial
Dial/Pendulum
Movement
Back

Reference
Ly, T.D., (Kroeber) French Clocks & Bronzes, 1994, p.106

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ASP-0405
$1,750
Extremely Unusual and Difficult-to-Find
Bim-Bam Quarter-Strike Seth Thomas “
Atlas”
in Mellow Oak (looks like walnut)

Seth Thomas "Atlas" in Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas "Atlas" in Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas "Atlas" in Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

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This extremely sought-after and desirable Seth Thomas "Atlas" model has a very unusual movement with three gongs. It does a "bim-bam" strike on two cup bells on the quarter hours, followed by the hour being struck on a heavier mellow-sounding "cathedral bell" gong. This is the kind of movement one might expect to find in a expensive "petite sonnerie" European clock. Seth Thomas used this movement in only three models, the Atlas shown here and Hecla (shelf clocks), and the wall-hanging "Marcy". Many collectors seek to own all three over time (no pun).

Physical: The c.1889 beautiful oak case
(that, at first glance may have the patinated appearance of walnut) is in excellent condition and measures 22.5" high x 12" wide x 5.5" deep. The finish appears to have been overcoated with the original shellac method at some point in the past (typical restoration method). The 6" dial is in very good condition and has the ORIGINAL PAINT. It has ORIGINAL GLASS and a great damascened pendulum bob, too.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and quarter-hour strike movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent running order. One thing to reiterate from above is that the hour gong has a very mellow tone... pleasing to the ear.

Comments:
These don't come along often and, when they do, are generally scooped up quickly. Especially by collectors who seek to have all three models with this mechanism. Now's your opportunity...

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Description

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Front View
Crown
Left Side
Right Side
Base
Dial
Pendulum Bob
Movement
Stenciled Mfg Date

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 2, 2004, p.718

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RFB-1128
$1,475
E. Howard Regulator No. 70 in Oak, c. 1900

E. Howard Regulator No. 70 in Mahogany, c. 1900 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard Regulator No. 70 in Mahogany, c. 1900 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard Regulator No. 70 in Mahogany, c. 1900 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard Regulator No. 70 in Mahogany, c. 1900 ~ Antique Clocks GuyShip From So. CA

Much like Regulator No. 2 for Seth Thomas, the mainstay industrial regulator produced in highest quantity by E. Howard & Co. was its Regulator No. 70, which, unlike the Seth Thomas Regulator No. 2, was made in several sizes, with dials up to 24" in diameter as you can see from the year 1900 catalogue below. This model was also widely used in schools, most notably in all of the schools in New York City.

E.Howard Regulator 70 - Antique Clocks Guy

Physical: The oak case measures 15.5"w x 31"h x 5" deep. It has recently had the finish restored. The 12" dial, signed "E. Howard & Co. Boston retains the original paint and is in in excellent condition. The hands and weight are original. The weight on this style clock is large and rectangular piece that rides down flat behind the original damascened pendulum and is hidden by a "weight board" that's behind the pendulum inside the bottom section of the clock.

E. Howard Regulator No. 70 in Mahogany, c. 1900 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Mechanical: The signed high-quality eight-day retaining-power movement is original, has just been professionally overhauled, and is in excellent running order. The pendulum tie-down is also present.

Comments: Great clock, wonderful bob, great price! Will it be hanging in your home or office soon? Should be...

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Front
Front Left
Upper Le
ft
Lower Left

Lower Right
Front
Open
Head
Tablet
Base
Dial
Pendulum Bo
b - 1
Pendulum Bob - 2
Weight/Pulley
Label
Movement - 1
Movement - 2

Reference
Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.123

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HWD-868
$4,250
Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo
with Chelsea Movement

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

If you're not familiar with intriguing Elmer O. Stennes story, then you're in for a heckuva read as you check out his history, wonderfully written by Jean Schinto, and used here with her permission.

This is an early Stennes lyre banjo from the period when he was salvaging movements from Chelsea and E. Howard clocks, prior to his relationship with long-term supplier, Kilbourne-Proctor.

When they were setting up the movement manufacturing business in 1971, Kilbourne and Proctor approached Elmer Stennes. He encouraged them and subsequently entered into an agreement to purchase a percentage of their production. They were delighted to have a large customer and Stennes needed them because he had run out of Howard and Chelsea movements and it was becoming increasingly difficult to find clocks that he could salvage for the movements.

This clock has a high-quality and very desirable Chelsea movement. The reverse-painted (eglomisé) throat glass is in spectacular condition. This is one of at least two different lyre glass designs used by Stennes, complete with the famous bumblebee that is tucked away in the lyre and often found on the dial of traditionally shaped Stennes banjo clocks (it is rumored that Stennes had beekeeping as a hobby).

Physical: The stunning mahogany case, which measures approximately 11.25"w x 41"h x 4.25"d, is in excellent physical condition and has the original finish. As with all Stennes cases, great attention-to-detail was paid to every part of the case. Note the birch back in the pendulum photo; no corners cut, even there.

The painted 7.5" diameter dial is original to the clock, as are the unusual hands (note the physical depth of the individual hands). As with the rest of the clock, all are in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day weight-driven signed Chelsea movement was recently professionally serviced and is in excellent running condition. The weight is signed by Stennes.

Comments: Fabulous clock with a "time-to-tell-a-story" overture that goes with it. People who visit your home or office will be intrigued with the story; you'll be delighted with its beauty and timekeeping excellence. Now it is your turn: pull the trigger and give us a call!

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Description

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Front Right
Head
Throat - 1
Throat - 2
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Pendulum
Movement

Reference

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