American Wall Clocks - Pg 2
 

LCS-0515
$23,500
Very Rare
Seth Thomas Regulator No. 6
“Double-Time”

Very Rare Seth Thomas Regulator No. 6 “Double-Time” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

(1884 catalogue drawing)

 

This is an extremely rare Seth Thomas configuration that we've only seen four times before in all of our years in the clock business. A painter found one for us years ago in an old house in PA that we sold to a gentleman in NJ. That clock was subsequently sold after his passing in the October 2011 Schmitt auction (Item No. 568) for $34,000 + 15% (for a total of $39,100).

Until recently, when this particular clock was acquired as part of a collection, it has resided in one home since the 1960s, the era in which the railroads were selling off the last of their mechanical clocks.

Here's a little background:

In 1883, the railroad industry's General Time Convention, realizing the necessity of having a uniform time system, decided to institute "Standard Railroad Time" throughout the U.S. and Canada. This clock harkens to that era. The railroads subsequently operated with much greater efficiency, and passengers, shippers and railroad personnel benefited from less confusion and greater safety the new standard afforded.

However, many cities and towns at first (and some for many years) refused to get in step with the railroads, instead deciding to stay on "Sun Time" (sometimes also designated as "City Time" or "Local Time" on these clocks).

Reflective of this, there was some continuing demand for these dual-time clocks that resulted in Seth Thomas keeping this model in its catalogues until the early 1900's.

As the years passed and Standard Time became the rule (and U.S. law, in 1918) thus making the dual-timekeeping function irrelevant. Most double-time regulators were discarded. Others suffered the fate of being eviscerated of the bottom motion works and dial and their utility continued as "regular" timepieces. Those altered clocks occasionally pop up at auction. Precious few complete clocks have survived intact. We are extremely fortunate to offer this one to you, that is dated on the back from April 1884.

Physical: The walnut case, which measures 16.5"w x 49"h x 6"d is in excellent physical condition and retains the original finish on the case. The 10" dials are also in excellent physical condition and beginning to show some age from a repaint done by the renowned Martha Smallwood in the 1970s. The weight and damascened bob are original to the clock and in excellent condition. There is also a remnant (dark) label in the bottom inside of the case.

Mechanical: The eight-day deadbeat/retaining-power upper movement has just been professionally serviced and is in excellent running order. It connects via a shaft to the lower "motionworks" movement, which has also been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition as well. Both operate together correctly.

(click to enlarge)  Very Rare Seth Thomas Regulator No. 6 Double-Time - "Motion Works" ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(lower "motion works")

Comments: As you have undoubtedly concluded by now, this is a very rare clock and in high demand by Seth Thomas collectors. There are numerous photos below for your consideration, and our phone number to start the acquisition process. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Description

View

Front View
Crown
Upper
Mid
dle
Lower
Base
Porcelain Plate "Local"
Porcelain Plate "Railroad"

U
pper Dial
Dial Back Label
Lower Dial
Movement - Upper
Movement
- Lower - 1
Movement - Lower - 2
Movement - Lower -
3
Movement - Lower -
4
Weight/Pendulum/Label
Pendulum Bob
Date Stamp (back)

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p284.

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XSP-627
$3,550
Seth Thomas Regulator No. 1
circa 1886

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 1  circa 1886 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 1, c.1886 – Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue drawing)

 

Interestingly, Seth Thomas made five different versions of what they labeled "Regulator No. 1". This is the third of the five, circa 1886 that uses the basic Regulator No. 2 case, with the addition of pair of finials on the bottom similar to those on Regulator No. 3. Confused yet? (Keep reading!)

Physical: The rosewood and walnut veneer case, which measures approximately 15.5"w x 34"h x 5" d is in excellent physical condition. The finish has been rubbed out and waxed. The glass is original as is the beautiful damascened pendulum and the weight, which have been re-nickled along with the bezel by the highest-end specialty plating company in So CA; all are in excellent physical condition. The dial was professionally repainted in 1977 by the famous Martha Smallwood of The Dial House in Georgia.

Our consignor suggests that perhaps this clock was assembled on a Monday as the original label is on the backboard instead of in the usual place in the inside base of the clock. We've seen this configuration previously but only on Regulator No. 3 and not often.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only, deadbeat, maintaining-power, movement has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running condition – ready for years of great service.

Comments: Beautiful clock that's a great piece of what we call the "Regulator 2" story. Perhaps over time you'll be fortunate to own each of these No. 1 models. Certainly, this one's a great start. Give us a call to start the purchase process.

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Description

View

Front View
Front View – Dial Off
Lower
Left
Upper Right
Lower Right
Base
Dial
Dial
House Label
Pendulum B
ob & ST Label
Movement
/Pulley

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.270

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DGB-671
$6,100
E.N. Welch Regulator No. 5 in Walnut, c.1874

E.N. Welch Regulator No. 5 in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E.N. Welch Regulator No. 5 in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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E.N. Welch Regulator No. 5 ~ Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy  

The popular Regulator No. 5 from the esteemed E.N. Welch Manufacturing Company is not one we see very often. In fact, this is only the third one we've ever had available to us for our clients. Because of the complexity in its physical design, we'd guess that it was very expensive at the time of manufacture, so not too many were initially sold, thus the relative scarcity today. This model features two weights that come down the sides of the case, and a beautiful Welch beat plate behind the pendulum.

Physical: walnut case featuring the original finish measures 19"w x 52"high x 5"d. As you can see in the photos, it is in excellent physical condition. The finials are all original. Welch originally used a felt-coated wallpaper on many of their clocks, most often seen on the Patti shelf-clock models. Over time this deteriorates or peels or otherwise gets ratty. The previous owner removed the material and painted the bare wood, so the backboard has had the correct felt material replaced recently. The 10" diameter dial shows only minor wear. Difficult to tell if it was refinished in the past as it is in such excellent physical condition.

The pendulum stick has the original/correct gilding and the bob, weights and beat plate are original and in excellent condition. The glass appears to be original as well.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only movement was recently professionally overhauled and re-strung and is in excellent running order. There were two different versions of this particular movement. This clock has the earlier version that was used from 1873 to 1879.

Comments: Here is your opportunity to own one of the most desirable of the Welch clocks. Seize the moment!

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Description

View

Front View
Front Right
Crown
Upper
View
Lower View
Upper Le
ft
Lower Left
Upper Right
Lower Right

Base

Beat Plate
Dial
Pendulum/Weights
Movement

Reference
Ly, T.D., Welch Clocks, 1992, p. 98-99
Ly, T.D., Welch Clocks, Second Edition, 2013, p.245-246

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HWD-867
$3,850

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 9 in Oak

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 9 in Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From CA

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 9 in Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

(Original Catalogue Drawing)

 

Here is one of the more gracious Seth Thomas Regulators that we see only occasionally. This case, which was manufactured in the most popular oak as well as walnut, cherry and "old oak" was used for the configuration you see to the left and for a double-dial perpetual calendar called "Office Calendar No. 12".

Physical:The oak case measures 15.75"w x 48"h x 7"d and is in excellent physical condition with the original finish. Fortunately, it also has the original wavy glass in the door. The 10" dial retains its original paint and is in excellent condition

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only, deadbeat, retaining-power movement was overhauled in 2014 and is in excellent running order, ready for years of great service.

Comments: This is a wonderful clock that will make a great addition to your collection or a wonderful single clock for your home or office. We made a wonderful deal on this one that's reflected in the price. It can be yours with a simple call to start the process.

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Description

View

Front Left - 1
Front Left - 2
Upper Left

Lower Section
Upper Right
Low
er Right
Dial
Weight/Pendulum Bob

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.287\

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WTF-100
$4,200
Seth Thomas 24 Gallery in Oak

Seth Thomas 24” Gallery in Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Here is a great long-running Seth Thomas gallery clock that's in excellent restored condition. It is the understanding of our consignor that this clock hung in the J&S Hardware Store in Webster City IA, though we have no provenance documentation.

Physical: The oak case, which measures 32" in diameter and 7" deep has the original finish that was overcoated to protect it at some point in the past. The 24" dial was professionally repainted by the famous dial-painter, Martha Smallwood.

Mechanical: The large double-spring number 86 Seth Thomas pendulum movement with Graham dead-beat escapement is in excellent running order, having been professionally overhauled in 2013.

Comments: Great big clock. Wonderful condition. Got space? Got phone?

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Description

View

Front Left
Dial
Movement

Reference
Ly, T.D.,Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.341

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HWD-437
$3,300
~PRICE REDUCED~

Howard Regulator No. 20 in Marble - Antique Clocks Guy

Howard Regulator No. 20 in Marble - Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

24” Dial ~ Weight-Driven
Howard Regulator No. 20, c. 1874

Here is a nice big E.Howard clock for your consideration. Have a magnificent mantle that needs a large format clock above? This would be a great choice. We don't see this model floating around out there. And other Howard marble clocks are generally much more pricey; this one is a bargain.

Physical: The widest/tallest part of the clock is 28". The marble is in excellent condition. The dial signature has been "strengthened". Note the great damascened pendulum bob.

Mechanical: The signed eight-day, time-only, single weight movement is in excellent overhauled condition, ready for years of service. Most of these old Howards have had the weight fall at some point and go right through the bottom of the case; not so with this one.

Note the rod that goes up from the movement: it goes to a rate adjustment knob on the top of the case that is not visible from the front. Also, note the lever on the bottom that folds out of view, but which can be folded down to (cleverly) restart the pendulum without having to open the front of the case... very cool.

Comments: Ready for a substantial wall clock? You know how to reach us!

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Description

View

Front View
Movement/Pend
Weight/Pulley
Dial Closeup
Service Signatures

Reference
The
E.Howard Clock Company (catalogue) - Reprinted by Arl.Horology & Book Co., p.6

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