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ACA-0322
$2,250
Carved Baroque Design
Gazo
“Santa Barbara”, c.1981

Gazo “Santa Barbara” in Alder with Dark Walnut Finish, c.1981 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Gazo “Santa Barbara” in Alder with Dark Walnut Finish, c.1981 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Gazo “Santa Barbara” in Alder with Dark Walnut Finish, c.1981 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From Vista CA

Gazo Santa Barbara - Original Catalogue ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

Here is one of the most graceful of all the Gazo models. The Santa Barbara is a "Baroque"-style clock that is in continual demand from visitors to our site, and seldom seen here. So don't spend too much time pondering...

The "Baroque Period" in furniture and clockmaking stretched from about 1875 to 1895. The Gazo Family Clock Factory made numerous models in the Baroque style, including the Santa Barbara, as well as the Capistrano, the Angelino, and granddaughter Santa Clara.

There were two versions of the Santa Barbara, this being the later. Ed Gazo commented about their transition to the second model: "
We thought the baroque top of the earlier Santa Barbara was too tall; also we enlarged the dial." You can see the difference in the catalogue link to the left.

Physical: The walnut-stained solid alder case measures 56"h x 17.5"w x 9"d and is in excellent physical condition with the original finish.
We cleaned and waxed it. There is a shallow indentation on the upper left quadrant of the pendulum bob, but we could not capture it with the camera; you would not notice it was there if you did not remove the pendulum from the clock and tip it so the light hit it just right. Note, too, the beautiful curved-beveling on the front lower glass. The dial glass is convex.

The 8" etched brass dial with oval porcelain "cartouche" numerals is in excellent original condition and signed with the Gazo name.

The 8" etched brass dial with oval porcelain cartouche numerals is in excellent original condition and signed with the Gazo name. The serial number (always on the back upper-right area) is SB/590/A meaning it is a Santa Barbara, was the 590th produced and is in Alder. There is also a brass plate bearing the Gazo signature and an engraved signature with the year '81 on the upper right inside corner of the door.

Gazo “Santa Barbara” in Alder with Dark Walnut Finish, c.1981 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

One thing in particular for which the Gazo Family Clock Factory is well known is the significant attention-to-detail in their highly carved cases. This model is no exception to that. Note the "pouncing" in the crown as an example of this detail. That's an old technique that was originally used to transfer a design from one piece to another by a tracing on a semi-transparent paper or parchment and then punching very tiny holes around the design that could subsequently be transferred to a new substrate using chalk or graphite. But, somewhere in time, it also became a technique where the small holes were used purely as decoration that required lots of man-hours by skilled wood artisans. Also, be sure to see the detail carving photos below.

Mechanical: The eight-day chiming movement has been professionally serviced by our technician and is in excellent running condition. It plays Westminster and the Lourdes Ave Maria chimes on the quarter hour and hour and strikes the hour on a separate set of highly resonant chime rods, or you can turn the strike off completely, but just don't do that in the middle of a striking sequence. (The chime recording linked above is from another Gazo clock of the same size/configuration with the Ave Maria chime tune.)

Comments: If this were a European version of this same baroque design, the price would be about double this one and you would get a veneered, not solid-wood clock and not have the chime tunes.

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his particular clock is presently in our home, so we're able to vouch for its physical and mechanical condition by first-hand knowledge. It is a stunning piece that won't be here long. It will fit exceedingly well in most interior designs and be a center of visual attention. Will that be in your entryway, or your den? ...or someone else's?

Shipping: The clock may be picked up in Vista CA, or we will arrange shipment by one of our blanket-wrap movers; it's a little too long to be practical for shipment via conventional UPS packing. We could arrange special double-boxing or crating if it needs to go outside the Continental U.S.

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

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Description

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Front Left
Front Right
C
rown
Crown Detail
Dial Area
Detail - Above Dial
Detail - Left
Base
Dial
Pendulum
Pendulum Bob
Beat Plate
Brass Label
Gazo Signature
Serial Number
Back



WMD-0302
$1,825
Herschede Willard-Influenced
“Hull's Victory” Banjo Clock, c.1920

Herschede "Hull's Victory" Banjo Clock, c.1920 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Herschede "Hull's Victory" Banjo Clock, c.1920 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Herschede "Hull's Victory" Banjo Clock, c.1920 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

The Herschede Hall Clock Company is widely known for its "hall" or "tallcase" clocks, but the firm also made many other styles including mantle/shelf clocks and some banjo clocks as well. This successful clock style was patented by Simon Willard in 1802 as the “Improved Timepiece” but is more commonly referred to as a “banjo” clock.

Herschede made these clocks during the first quarter of the 20th Century and competed with the banjo products from the Waltham, Chelsea and Howard factories.

Physical: The case, which measures 33.5" h x 10" w x 4.5" d, is in excellent physical condition. It has original glasses, original gilding on the eagle, original cast brass bezel and sidearms. Famous églomisé/reverse glass artist, Tom Moberg, touched up the lower back portion of the tablet. The throat and lower tablet have matching moldings and borders. The 8" diameter head encloses a 7" diameter dial (chapter ring).

As you can see in the original advertisement below, this model could be ordered with or without the bracket. Following earlier period banjo clock design “standards”, this particular clock was originally ordered without a bracket. 

(original Catalogue)

History Lesson:Within the lower  frame (tablet) is a highly detailed depiction of the engagement of two warships. One flies an American flag and the other a British flag. At center is a patriotic shield–form oculus above the image’s title “Hull”.

Early banjo clock decorations commonly included patriotic images from the War of 1812. This example includes one of the most recognizable images of the war, the engagement of The USS Constitution and The HMS Guerriere. The Constitution was commanded by Captain Isaac Hull and the battle has earned his name “Hull’s Victory”. Hull outmaneuvered and outgunned the best of the Royal Navy! This image has been reproduced on many clocks over the past two centuries as you can see in the montage below.

Click to See Six Examples of "Hull's Victory" American Banjo Clocks ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(click to enlarge)

Mechanical: The recently overhauled eight-day, time-only, movement with Geneva stops is in excellent running order and signed "Herschede, Cincinnati". The mechanism appears to be the same, or similar to, as those used by Boston Clock Co, Chelsea Clock Co., Eastman Clock Co, Little & Eastman Clock Co, etc. They were made from the tooling of the defunct Derry Manufacturing, Derry NH. In 1911 Derry Mfg went out of business, and in the following year 1912, Herschede acquired all of the tooling from Derry, moved it to Ohio, and began producing these clocks as an extension to their existing line of hall/grandfather clocks. So, strictly speaking, these movements were not "designed by Herschede" but were produced in their factory using acquired tooling from the discontinued operations of Derry Mfg. Co. (there's another bit of historical trivia for you)! Note that the serial number on the weight (7410) matches that of the movement.

Comments: There is a tremendous amount of information above to assist in your consideration of this fine clock. "Fire away" and give us a call to start the acquisition process and claim our own victory!

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Front View
Front Right
Upper Right
Lower Right
Upper Left
Lower Left
Tablet - 1
Tablet - 2
Tablet Back
Throat - Right
Throat - Left
Dial Off
Dial On
Pendulum
Movement
Movement Signature
Movement
Serial No.
Weight
Serial No.


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 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 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 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

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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 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...

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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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ULP-1231
$32,500
Ithaca Regulator No. 1 in Walnut, c. Nov. 1888

Ithaca Regulator No. 1 in Walnut  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Ithaca Regulator No. 1 - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(original catalogue)

 

In all the years we've been representing major collectors this is only the second one of this very scarce model that we've had available to us, and only the third one we've actually seen. Tall and graceful, this splendid Victorian era serpentine-sided perpetual calendar clock made by the Ithaca Calendar Clock Co of New York with beautiful carved crest and lower pediment awaits your careful examination and consideration.

Physical: The solid walnut cabinet with period graphite script serial "No. 1993" and dated "11-88", measures 22"w x 72"h x 9"d is in excellent physical condition with original finish. It has recently been thoroughly cleaned and professionally waxed to preserve the finish. The incised dial-surround is in excellent original condition and really sets this model apart from others.

The front section incorporates a large door that is fitted with glass. This opens to allow access to the two large paper-over-zinc dials. They both measure 12" in diameter and are in excellent original condition. The upper dial displays the time with Roman numerals and features a sweep second hand. The lower dial displays the day of the week, the month and calendar day.

The nickel-plated lyre pendulum is in excellent and original condition. The two weights are original and correct as are the two finials on top.

A previous owner filled two holes that were placed in the bottom of the base to secure the clock to the wall.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only, weight-powered, nickel-plated movement with sweep center seconds, is powered by two weights and regulated by seconds-beating wooden rod and nickel-faced pendulum bob. The movement has recently been professionally overhauled and the calendar mechanism serviced. Both the clock movement and perpetual calendar mechanism function correctly. The calendar recognizes and compensates for leap years. Nice!

Comments: This is a fabulous clock that does everything but wind itself; that'll be your adoring job once a week as you and the clock pass time happily together. Give us a call to start the love affair in your home!

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

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Description

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Front Left - 1
Front Left - 2
Front Right
Crown
Crown Detail
Upper Section
Upper Left
Upper Right - 1
Upper Right - 2
Midsection
Lower Section
Lower Left - 1
Lower Left - 2
Lower Right - 1
Lower Right - 2
Base
Base Right
Base
Detail
Dials
Dial - Clock
Dial - Calendar
Pendulum
Clock Movement
Calendar Mechanis
m
Serial Number

Reference
Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.145
Ly, T.D., Calendar Clocks, 1992, p.125

Miller, A. & D., Survey of American Calendar Clocks, 1989, p.32

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