Longcase/Tallcase/“ Grandfather ” Clocks

SBF-0717
$12,750


Waterbury Regulator No. 16 in Oak, c. 1893
Signed “Daniel Pratt’s Son”

Waterbury Regulator No. 16 in Oak, c. 1893 Signed “Daniel Pratt’s Son” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Waterbury Regulator No. 16 in Oak, c. 1893 Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks GuyHere is one of the largest tallcase regulators Waterbury made. The original catalogue price for this clock (see drawing to the left) was $165; it's a little more expensive today!

Here is an interesting history of clockmaker Daniel Pratt that mentions "Daniel Pratt's Son" as the successor firm.

Physical: The oak case with glass sides and gridiron pendulum with oval rods is in excellent physical condition and measures 24"w x 108"h x 12" d. it was professionally refinished in 2010 to faithfully restore it to its original condition.
The 12" diameter porcelain dial features a sweep seconds hand. The adjustable compensating "lyre" pendulum is in excellent original condition.

Mechanical: The iron-encased, dead-beat, pinwheel escapement, retaining power movement with sweep seconds was recently professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order, ready for years of great service.

Shipping: For shipping, the case comes apart into an 11"h crown, a trunk of 65"h, and a base of 32"h. Shipping-related charges are paid directly by you to the provider. We will arrange to have one of our blanket-wrap movers deliver it right to your front room. They have a great track-record with us.

Comments: It will look grand in the entry of your home... or perhaps in the corner of your den or office. Give us a call to start the process!

Questions?
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Photos: Tallcase clocks are extraordinarily challenging to photograph. The photos in the linked box below have had the background cut out to help with "visual clarity". We have a second set of photos that were taken of the clock outside to help with lighting and also to show the case taken apart with separate base and upper sections in a DropBox folder. They are high-resolution, so may take a bit to download, depending on your internet connection speed.

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Description

View

Front View
Crown
Upper Section
Upper - Left
Lower Right
Trunk
Dial -1
Dial - 2
Weight
Pendulum
Beat Scale
Pinwheel Movement
Movement Box Left
Movement Box Open

Reference
Ly, T.D., Waterbury Clocks, 2001, p.237

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NAN-0131
~Special Price~
$17,500
Rare Seth Thomas Chiming Regulator No. 15

Rare Seth Thomas Chiming Regulator No. 15 ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(ceiling too low for center finial)

Rare Seth Thomas Chiming Regulator No. 15 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Rare Seth Thomas Chiming Regulator No. 15 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ships from West Coast

Click catalogue drawing to see all three case configurations from the original Seth Thomas catalogue ~ Antique Clocks Guy(orig. catalogue – click to enlarge)

 

This Seth Thomas No. 15 jewelers regulator is a rare configuration (and we don't use that term often) of a classic and much sought-after American Victorian-era tallcase clock that will enhance any important collection and give the owner immense pleasure, while proving an appreciating asset that would be difficult to replace.

Its quality and condition are beyond reproach. It retains all of its original components and has clearly lived a charmed life. The workmanship and detail in the cabinet represents the highest level of quality produced by Seth Thomas or any other maker of the era. The selection and placement of the burled walnut is superb and the proportions of the case are visually stimulating.

One reason this tallcase clock is so rare is the fact that it has an extraordinarily high quality chiming movement. Many collectors do not realize that this was a special option the factory offered. In spite of the rarity of this model, we are offering it for considerably less than you would expect to pay for a standard timepiece.

There were multiple iterations of this case (click catalogue pic) starting in 1879 through about 1886, though we have yet to find a special-order catalogue that shows the striking or chiming versions of this model (see photo below).

The dial board on this clock matches the middle photo in the catalogue trio, and the dimpled pendulum jar that of the drawing you will see to the right.

Seth Thomas, like the other CT clockmakers of the era, was extremely flexible about meeting the custom order needs of their clients; you could have just about whatever you wanted as long as you could pay for it. You can be sure that the chiming version of Regulator No. 15 would have been at the pinnacle of their price list.

Physical: The beautiful walnut case bears its original finish and original glass. This clock has really been cared for during its 135+ years and is in wonderful overall physical condition.

The case measures 29.5"w x 100"h x 13"d. The 14" engraved and silvered dial is in excellent original physical condition as you can see the photos. The very desirable dimpled mercury jar is original as are the hands, clamshell pulley, weight and beat plate. Note that there is a locking door in the base. Regulator 15, like Regulators 16 and 19 were made with two different styles of finials, fluted and non-fluted. There is a photo in Tran on p.406 (#1324) that shows the sister clock (Reg 14) with non-fluted finials.

Here's what the original catalogue said about this regulator:

"Walnut case, 8-day, weight, time. 14-inch silvered dial that is engraved, filled, silvered and lacquered, and attached to movement. Rod is made of steel, with mercury in glass jar. The stirrups for holding the jar are gilded."

View all three of the Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15 configurations: time-only, time-and-strike, chiming ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(click to enlarge)

Mechanical: The eight-day nested bell-chime (Westminster), gong hour-strike movement is original to the case, was professionally overhauled in 2014 and is in excellent running order, ready for years of great service for you. There is a shutoff switch to the left of the dial if you wish to silence the clock. The chiming movement used in the Regulator 15 is listed in Tran (p.952-953) as No. 74, though there are numerous configurations of this movement model, (view original catalogue drawing).

Packing/Shipping: This tallcase clock will be handled by one of our blanket-wrap movers who specialize in moving furniture and antiquities. They will pick it up inside at its present location and deliver it inside to your home or office.

Photo Note: *The ceiling in the room where the clock is presently located is too low to accommodate the top center finial. So, we did our best to take a photo of it and to "merge" it onto the photo of the head section of the clock. The joint between the finial and case is not correct because the two angles from which the photos were taken were close, but not the same. But, at least, it gives you an approximation of what the clock looks like with the finial in place.

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Description

View

Front Left
Front
Right
Upper View
Head
*Head w/Finial
Finial - 1
Finial - 2
Lower Left
Lower Right
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Pendulum Jar
Weights
Movement - 1
Movement - 2
Movement -3

Comments: A very rare and original tallcase clock that will be a visual and auditory showpiece wherever it is placed. We got a great price on this clock and have passed it on to you. Please give us a call to start the acquisition process...

Questions? Contact us by phone at 760-604-0262, or e-mail.

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.376
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.405

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KBP-01
$25,000

~PRICE REDUCED~
$21,500
Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884

1884 Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ships from So US

1884 Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15 - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy(Original Catalogue Drawing)

 

Here is a wonderful opportunity to own a spectacular and extremely difficult-to-find tallcase Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, that is date-stamped "Sep 30, 1884" on the movement.

There were multiple iterations of this case (click catalogue pic to see all three) starting in 1879 through about 1886. The dial board on this clock matches the middle photo in the trio, and the dimpled pendulum
jar that of the drawing you see just to the left. Seth Thomas, like the other CT clockmakers of the era, was very flexible about meeting the custom order needs of their clients; you could have just about whatever you wanted as long as you could pay for it!

Physical: The beautiful walnut case bears its original finish. This clock has really been cared for during its 125+ years and is in wonderful overall physical condition.

The case measures 29.5"w x 100"h x 12"d. The glass has no imperfections, so we assume that it was replaced at some point in its life.
The 14" silvered and engraved dial is in excellent original physical condition as you can see in its photo. The very desirable dimpled mercury jar is original as is the pendulum, clamshell pulley weight and beat plate. Note that there is a locking door in the base; maybe you can store the cash you're saving up for your next clock in there?

Here's what the original catalogue said about this regulator:

"Walnut case, 8-day, weight, time. 14-inch silvered dial that is engraved, filled, silvered and lacquered, and attached to movement. Rod is made of steel, with mercury in glass jar. The stirrups for holding the jar are gilded."


Mechanical: The eight-day time-only movement has nickeled plates, and a jeweled verge, was professionally cleaned in January 2012 and is in excellent running order, ready for years of great service for you. As noted above, it is stamped "Sep 30, 1884" on the plate.

Packing/Shipping: This will be handled by one of our blanket-wrap movers who specialize in moving furniture and antiquities. They will pick it up inside at its present location and deliver it inside to your home or office.

PHOTO LINKS:

Description

View

Front View
Front Left
Upper View - 1
Upper View - 2
Upper Left
Upper Right
Crown
Right Side
Middle - Door Open
Base - 1
Base - 2
Base - Open
Base - Right
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial - 3
Dial - Closeup
Pendulum Jar
Pendulum/Weight
Movement
Movement Date - 1
Movement Date - 2

Comments: This is an extraordinary piece waiting for a special showplace. Will the tallcase be in your home or office?

Questions? Contact us by phone at , or e-mail.

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.376
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.405

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DER-09
$14,500

Korfhage Tallcase in Oak, with Calendar Subsidiary Dial ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So CA
(this photo does not do the clock justice!)

Rare Highly Carved Korfhage Tallcase in Oak,
with Calendar Subsidiary Dial, c.1890-1900

Here is a spectacular example of the work of Charles Korfhage, whose workshop was located at 12 Dutch Street in New York City. We don't know a lot about Charles Korfhage, but we do know that he held multiple patents on clock movements. He sold the movement in this tallcase clock in his wholesale catalogue for $52. We were delighted to find this clock in Tran Duy Ly's Longcase Clocks and Standing Regulators book (1994).

Here's what Korfhage says in his catalogue:
"The Superiority of my Improved Movements (his punctuation, not ours), which have stood the test of time, consists not merely in having Dead-beat Escapement, Maintaining Power, Full-toned Gongs and Fancy Dials, but in simplicity of construction which has been achieved by an experience of many years of practical work and by means of best machinery adopted to this work.

"My Movements are above comparison with any other make either American or European, in material, workmanship and general excellence of appearance, as all parts are highly-polished and finely-finished throughout, and are a wonderful advance over the 'Old Timers;' in fact the Movements when put in the Cases give the most handsome appearing and best time-keeping Clocks suitable for any appropriate location that can be made."
(Whew... that guy believed in himself!)


Physical: As you can see, this case is the result of the craftsmanship of a master cabinetmaker in every detail. It is simply a spectacular piece, measuring 23"w x 97-98" tall (hard to tell without a ladder) x 17.5"d. The width measurement is at the widest place on base. The case was professionally restored by rubbing out, overcoating with shellac (as originally used), then rubbing out again. It is in excellent condition as is the original 12" dial with two different hand-painted scenes on the moon dial.

Mechanical (again from the actual original catalogue description):
"The Chime Gongs are made of the finest cold-rolled imported flat-steel wire, tuned and mounted on a brass stand, fitted in the case with my improved Sounding-Board which reinforces the tone.

"The Pendulum is fitted with a double suspension spring (such as used on Fine Regulators) hung on pivots, and the Pendulum Bob is made of brass, finely finished and suspended on a seasoned wood rod.

"The Weights are of lead, covered with finely finished brass shells or Cylinders which can be removed when necessary."

The eight-day time and gong-strike movement (see catalogue description above) has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order. It will be lubricated prior to shipment. It strikes the half hour and hour on a large coiled gong.

There is also a subsidiary calendar dial on the clock that is in excellent running order.

Shipping: Shipping-related charges are paid directly by you to the provider. We will arrange to have one of our our blanket-wrap movers deliver it right to your front room. They have a great track-record with us and the cost is surprisingly low, especially when compared to crating/trucking. We will be happy to get a quote for you if that is a consideration in your decision-making process.

Comments: This is a tremendous tallcase clock... its quality speaks for itself. The casework is spectacular. If you've been seeking just the "right clock" for your entryway, or perhaps family room/den, this would be one to seriously consider. A piece of American history, an incredible piece of workmanship. Give us a call to make your arrangements.

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PHOTO LINKS:

Description
View

Front View
Crown Closeup
Bonnet
Bonnet Side Closeup
Upper Left Detail
Upper Right Detail
Claw Foot
Base
Base Closeup
Dial
Moon Dial
Weights
Pendulum Bob

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.314

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