Longcase/Tallcase/“ Grandfather ” Clocks

OGG-1108
$15,000
Very Rare “ Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase
With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(movement)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(back of dial)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(pendulum)

Ship From NC

(original catalogue)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(on test bench/gongs off)

“Theodore B. Starr, NY ” Tallcase With J.J.Elliott 8-Bell/5-Gong Heavy Movement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(movie)

 

This is one of the most interesting tallcase clocks we've had available to us over the past 18+ years. The clock plays the Whittington tune on eight nested bells or the Westminster tune on four heavy coiled (mellow-sounding) gongs. It strikes the hours on the largest of the five gongs, sounding very much like Big Ben in London with a deep, sonorous sound. What a clock! We are awaiting a recording of the chiming sequence.

To the left is the original catalogue drawing. This model features an enhanced door design featuring ten beveled glass panels and claw feet. Note the extensive use of the acanthus leaf pattern, repeated from the base to the crown. This was a very popular pattern in Victorian-era cabinetry.

Physical: The medium brown-colored quartered oak case measures 29"w x 100"h x 19"d (trunk of clock is 17.5"w). The case was professionally restored in 2007 by rubbing out, overcoating with shellac then rubbing out again between coats (original process). There are some age-appropriate indentations and scratches on the weight shells and pendulum bob, but nothing major. As the pictures show, they look old but great.

The clock is in excellent overall condition. The 12" dial with two different hand-painted scenes on the moon dial was professionally restored in 2015. The dial is signed, “Theodore B. Starr, New York", and "Elliott, London".

Theodore B. Starr: (b.1837), a silversmith, opened his first business in 1862, at No. 18 John Street, NYC. Two years later he was joined by Herman Marcus and the company became Starr and Marcus. In 1877 Marcus left the company to work with Tiffany & Co. at which time Starr bought out his partner and the name reverted to Theodore B. Starr. In 1907 Starr's son incorporated the business. On July 1, 1918 their stock was purchased by the silver firm of Reed and Barton. The firm maintained a shop at 47th Street and Fifth Avenue, NYC. In 1923, Theodore B. Starr closed its doors.

J.J. Elliott was the leading hall clock maker in London and exported a high percentage of their clocks to the U.S., where most were private-labeled by large jewelers like Starr, Tiffany, and Shreve, Crump & Low. Click here to read the Elliott history in our Reference Library.

Mechanical: The extremely high-quality and much sought-after Elliott movement is itself an engineering marvel as you can see in the photos. Featuring a nest of eight bells and five heavy "cathedral" gongs, this movement has something for everyone. It bears serial number 2074. That same serial number is stamped into the brass leader at the top of the pendulum and into the back bottom of the dial.

It was professionally and thoroughly overhauled in 2015 and is in excellent running order.
Two of the nested bells had minor cracks and were replaced by the original maker, Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, the oldest, continuously running manufacturing company in England, started at the time of Elizabeth I (1570). WATCH IT PLAY!

The support rod and bracket for the bells were replaced at the same time. The chime cylinder return spring was replaced. The seatboard supports were cracked and replaced. A mechanical face lift of sorts!

Comments: This is an absolutely awesome clock. As you have read and can see, it has been thoroughly refurbished to the highest standards and is ready for many years of great service for you and your family. Now, the only decision to make is where are you going to place it for maximum enjoyment!

Shipping: Prior to shipment, the clock mechanism, weights and pendulum, along with finial, winding crank and cabinet key, will be removed from the clock and carefully packed for safe travel. For domestic shipment, the clock and packed components will be moved by one of our blanket-wrap movers, who will deliver it inside your home or office. For international shipment, the packed components and clock will be crated by Navis Pack & Ship or Craters and Freighters for its overseas journey.

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

Photos note: It is extremely difficult to photograph large, dark-colored clocks like this except in a studio setting with contnrolled lighting and non-reflective surroundings. Floor and wall colorings tend to reflect and affect the color of the clock in the photo. In this case, the photos tend to be a bit reddish. Our consignor and his wife have both studied these photos carefully and have determined that the front full-length photo shown in the left column above (labeled "Front View - 2" below) best represents the actual medium-brown color of this clock.

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Description

View

Front View - 1
Front View - 2
Crown
Dial Area
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial Signature
Upper - Left
Upper - Right
Trunk - Left
Trunk - Right
Base - Front
Base - Left
Base - Right
Movement - Back
Movement - Front
Movement (Pre-Svc)
Movement - S/N
Dial - S/N
Pendulum - S/N
Weights/Bob
WATCH IT PLAY!

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.429, no.993

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OFL-0130
$15,000

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884
with No. 68 Movement

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ships from So US

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

(No. 68 Movement)

There is a brass inventory tag on the lower right side of the base with the number 462 engraved on it leading us to believe this clock was used in an industrial setting. Could be a railroad or perhaps in the lobby of a big bank – impossible to determine.Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15, c.1884 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

Here is a wonderful opportunity to own a spectacular and extremely difficult-to-find Seth Thomas Regulator No. 15 for your consideration and at a fabulous price.

There were multiple iterations of this case (click catalogue picture to see all three) starting in 1879 through about 1886 and an identical Regulator 14 case that featured a movement with a sweep second hand.

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 clockmakers of the era, was very flexible about meeting the needs of their clients; you could have just about whatever you wanted as long as you could pay for it, from very accurate time-only movements to another with a chiming movement. This one has the factory retrofitted workhorse No. 68 movement, thus the doweled holes and indentation in the backboard.

Physical: It is clear that this clock has been carefully maintained during its 125+ years and is in wonderful overall physical condition. The beautiful burled walnut case bears its original finish with some minor recent touchup to the base.

The case measures 29.5"w x 100"h x 12"d. The glass has imperfections typical of the era, so we assume that it is original.
The 14" resilvered dial is in excellent physical condition. The very desirable dimpled mercury jar is original as is the pendulum holder, pulley, weight and beat plate Finally, there is a locking door in the base; maybe you can store the cash you're saving up for your next clock in there?


Mechanical: The industrial-strength eight-day, time-only No. 68 movement was recently professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order, ready for years of great service for you.

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.

Comments: This is an extraordinary piece at an unbelievable price awaiting a special showplace. Will that be your home... or your office?

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

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Description

View

Front View
Upper Section
Lower Section
Upper Right
Mid Right
Lower Right
Dial
Pendulum
Pulley/Weight/Pend
Inventory Tag
Movement

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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SAA-0302
$10,000
Herschede Model 250 ~ The Clock

Herschede Model 250 ~ “The Clock”  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Herschede Model 250 ~ “The Clock”  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From Vista CA

Herschede Model 250 "The Clock" - Antique Clocks Guy
Catalogue Photo

We have so much information on this Herschede Hall Clock Co. model that it has its own page in our Reference Library, some of which is included below. If this clock is of interest, then definitely read the linked pages above. This much-touted model was Herschede's last American-made high-end production clock and this was the most popular of the two burled woods they used.

We hope you enjoy the photos below, taken here in our office where the clock currently resides.

Physical:
The brass presentation plate indicates a year of 1974 (original purchase, delivery and owner's manual documents are included with your purchase). The cabinet (s/n 5843) measures 25"w x 87.625"h x 14.5"d and features rare burled veneers of Spanish Olive Ash, 108 feet of solid strip brass trim, piano-hinged door with both snap lock and key lock, beveled glass, gold-plated engraved dial and hand-painted moon dial. We have just thoroughly cleaned and waxed the cabinet. It, too, is in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day chiming movement features traditional (selectable) Westminster and Whittington chimes along with Herschede's own unique Canterbury Chimes. The chimes have a very mellow tone. The movement serial number for this clock, 628496, puts its year of manufacture after 1968, the last year for which records are available.

Herschede Model 250 ~ “The Clock”  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

The nine nickel cadmium "Crown Symphony" chime tubes are larger and longer than other Herschede clocks (standard Herschede tubes are 1.375” in diameter, while Model 250 chime tubes are 1.5” in diameter). The tubes weigh approximately 82 pounds. The chimes can be turned off if you please; so can the hour strike. Herschede had a unique and apparently patented "beat adjustment" knob on their pendulum. HERSCHEDE OWNER'S MANUAL (note: photos in preceding paragraph are file photos).

Our highly experienced clock technician just serviced the clock and it is in excellent mechanical condition, keeping perfect time and chiming on all tunes correctly. Again, it is here in our office so we are monitoring it constantly and very pleased with its performance... and looks!

When the clock arrives there we suggest that you handle the tubes and weights with white cotton gloves and polish them only with Semichrome metal polish.

Comments: These clocks aren't available often. Most families retain them as heirlooms. This family is moving, so has made it available to you. Their a loving father purchased it as a gift for his wife for their 25th anniversary on Jan 17, 1974. This is commemorated on a brass plate on the inside of the door.

A dealer in OR claims to have sold one last year for for $30k. The same clock shop, we're told, has another at $30k and one at $45k. Sorry, but that's just silly. Ours are, to say the least, a little (hello, how about "way") less expensive, but the same exact clock in the same exact wonderful condition!

Herschede Model 250 "The Clock" - Antique Clocks Guy

Here is your opportunity to own both a fine clock and a piece of American clock history. Give us a call to make arrangements. We have sold this same model many times over the years (see our Testimonials page) The last one of this model that we sold went safely to Hong Kong, so we can certainly get it moved to your location safe and sound!

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

Shipping: Shipping-related charges are paid directly by you to the provider. We will make the arrangements in your behalf with one of our blanket-wrap specialty movers.

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Description

View

Front - Left
Front - Right
Crown
Finial - Left
Finial - Right
Trunk
Base
Upper Left
Trunk Left
Lower Left
Upper Right
Trunk Right
Lower Right
Escutcheon
Dial
Pendulum/Tubes
Weights
Owner Plate
Factory Label
Original Documents


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


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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KDO-0626
$11,500
Very Rare, Limited Edition
Herschede
“Edinburgh” – Model 247

Rare, Limited Edition  Herschede “Edinburgh” – Model 247 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From Midwest

Rare, Limited Edition  Herschede “Edinburgh” – Model 247 - ORIGINAL CATALOGUE PHOTO ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

Near the end of its corporate life cycle, Herschede Hall Clock Co. made a couple of very high-end clocks, Model 250, called "The Clock", and the Limited Edition Model 247, the "Edinburgh", which featured unique leaded glass in the trunk panels. This model is considered by many to be the most dignified of all Herschede models and is generally very difficult to find.

Herschede made a less expensive version of the 247 that was called "Wellington" and labeled as Model 248. Unlike the Edinburgh, it had a snap-in metal "lead-like" frame on the inside of the trunk panels in a diamond pattern. The link above will show you the two models side-by-side.

Original Catalogue Description:
"A dignified grandfather clock with leaded glass door and sides. Pediment has kingly finials. Solid and veneers Mahogany cabinet with book-matched Mahogany overlays. 9 tube, triple chime movement. Moving moon, hand-engraved, gold-plated dial. 86”h x 25”w x 16”d."

Physical: The mahogany case that has been described above is in impeccable condition. It was purchased by the present owner on June 3, 1981 from a Herschede dealer. A copy of the original purchase warranty will be included with your purchase, as well as a copy of the original catalogue. The cabinet is serial number 6174.

Mechanical: The eight-day, 9-tube-chiming movement is in excellent mechanical condition. It is Herschede serial number A640947. The movement type is 9T.

It plays (selectable) Westminster, Whittington and Canterbury chime tunes on the quarter hours on nine tubular bells that hang in the back of the case. The clock strikes the hour on the longest tube. Both the chime and strike may be turned off with subsidiary dials on the main dial. (We suggest that you handle the tubes, weights and pendulum only with white cotton gloves and polish only with "Semichrome" polish if necessary in the future.)

Comments: This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a one-owner clock that has been kept in meticulous physical condition throughout its life. As of the day of this listing, there is one of these clocks on eBay, of all places, for the "bargain" price of $20,000; ours is realistically priced. There are people out there, including some dealers, who claim Herschede clocks are worth $25,000, $30,000, $60,000... insane prices and insane claims. We follow the market very closely and work to get very fair prices for our consignors and buyers. Here is your opportunity to own a fabulous, seldom-seen Herschede clock at a wonderful price. Give us a call to start the process.

Shipping: We will make arrangements with one of our blanket-wrap movers to deliver the clock to you. You would pay them directly; we do not mark up packing/shipping expenses.

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

About the Photos: The clock is presently located in a room that has very red-colored hardwood flooring, so the photos tend to be overly red. This is extremely difficult to overcome in such a setting without bringing in commercial studio lights and a professional photographer. However, the photos do a good job of showing off the pristine condition of the cabinet.

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Description

View

Front View
Front Left
Front Door Open - 1
Upper
Section - 1
Upper Section - 2
Upper Section - Open

Upper Left
Upper Right
Base
B
ase Left
Base Right

Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Moon Dial
Wts/Pend/Tubes -1
Wts/Pend/Tubes - 2

TCA-0325
$10,000
Herschede Model 250 ~ The Clock

Herschede Model 250 "The Clock" - Antique Clocks Guy

Herschede Model 250 "The Clock" - Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From TX

Herschede Model 250 "The Clock" - Antique Clocks Guy
Original Catalogue Photo

We have so much information on this Herschede Hall Clock Co. model that it has its own page in our reference library some of which is reproduced below. If this clock is of interest to you, then definitely read the linked page(s) above. This much-touted model was apparently Herschede's last American-made high-end production clock.

We hope you enjoy the photos below...

Physical:
The movement serial number for this clock, 635996, puts its year of manufacture after 1968. The owner's brass plate indicates a year of 1977. The cabinet (s/n 6030) measures 25"w x 87.625 "h x 14.5"d and features rare burled veneers of Spanish Olive Ash, 108 feet of solid strip brass trim, piano-hinged door with both snap lock and key lock, beveled glass, gold-plated engraved dial, hand-painted moon dial is in excellent overall condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day chiming movement features traditional (selectable) Westminster and Whittington chimes along with Herschede's own unique Canterbury Chimes.

The nine Nickel Cadmium "Crown Symphony" chime tubes are larger and longer than other Herschede clocks (standard Herschede tubes are 1.375” in diameter, while this clock’s chime tubes are 1.5” in diameter.) The tubes weigh approximately 82 pounds. The chimes can be turned off if you please; separately, so can the hour strike. Herschede had a unique and apparently patented "beat adjustment" knob on their pendulum. HERSCHEDE OWNER'S MANUAL (note: photos in this paragraph are stock photos).

The clock is in running order. The movement appears to be clean. You may wish to have it serviced/lubricated when it arrives so you have a firm date from which you may plan future service (every 3-5 years). We'd also suggest that you handle the tubes and weights with white cotton gloves and clean them with Semichrome metal polish before reinstalling.

Comments: These clocks aren't available often. Most people who own them tend to retain them as family heirlooms. This is a one-owner clock that belonged to a physician and is now offered by his family. A dealer in OR claims to have sold one last year for for $30k. The same clock shop, we're told, has another at $30k and one at $45k. Ours are, to say the least, a little (hello, how about "way") less expensive, but the same exact clock in the same exact wonderful condition!

Here is your opportunity to own both a fine clock and a piece of American clock history. Give us a call to make arrangements.
The last one of this model that we sold went safely to Hong Kong, so we can certainly get it moved to your location safe and sound!

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

Herschede Model 250 "The Clock" - Antique Clocks Guy

Shipping: Shipping-related charges are paid directly by you to the provider. We will make the arrangements in your behalf with one of our blanket-wrap specialty clock movers.

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Description

View

Front - Left
Front - Right
Crown
Trunk
Base
Dial
Pendulum
Weights/Tubes
Movement - Left


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

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 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 , 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 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.

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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 that be 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

Be sure to visit our Clock & Mechanical Music Reference Library


JUL-615
$19,000

~PRICE REDUCED~
$18,000

Elliott of London Eight-Bell Calendar Tallcase

Elliott of London Eight-Bell Calendar Tallcase ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Elliott of London clocks are considered among the highest quality timepieces ever manufactured. Elliott manufactured and exported both whole clocks and movements, and they partnered with noted American clockmaking firms such as Walter H. Durfee of Providence RI.

This signed clock is a sterling (no pun) example of excellence in design and workmanship, from the claw feet on the base to the detail in the finials on top to the incredible eight-bell, five-gong movement that is built like a British tank ready for the North African Campaign!

This clock clearly lived a life of luxury with one family in PA and is now available for your consideration.

Physical: The mahogany case, which measures 24"w x 102"h x 16.5"d is in excellent physical condition and bears the original finish. The hand-painted moon dial was recently restored by the Dial House, the famous dial-painting firm of Martha Smallwood.

Mechanical: The eight-day deadbeat, retaining-power chiming moveme
nt has been professionally serviced and is in excellent running condition. It will be lubricated again prior to shipment. Note the very thick plates in the movements of the photo. Also, that it features a selectable nest of bells and a series of coiled gongs for the chime and one very large coiled gong for the (deep, BIG Ben sound) hour strike. There are subsidiary dials on the time dial that allow chime tune selection (Westminster and Whittington) and the ability to turn the strike on/off.

Although the nested bells and multiple gongs are not found frequently, even more rare is the built-in calendar mechanism which operates properly on this clock.

Comments: This is a magnificent piece of mechanical engineering. Beautiful, unusual. Ready for that special spot, perhaps in the entry to your home. Feel free to call with any questions and to arrange purchase. We will assist you in arranging blanket-wrap moving for this clock with people who specialize in moving high-end antiquities.

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Description

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Front Right
Crown
Upper 3/4
Upper Left
Upper Right
Trunk Left
Case Detail
Base
Dial
Weights
Pendulum Bob
Movement - Left
Movement - Right



DFE-02
$21,500
Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

Here is another fabulous clock by Walter H. Durfee of Providence, RI for your consideration. This one is a variant of the popular Pattern 18 and done is a rich solid mahogany with hand-carved "flame" finials, unique Durfee hinges, and signatures in all the right places.

Physical: The mahogany case with swan pediment and Corinthian columns bears its original finish and is in excellent physical condition as you can see in the myriad of photos below. It measures 27"w x 100"h x 17"d.

It sits on hand-carved lion claw feet that are in excellent condition. The 12" diameter dial with seconds bit was recently professionally resilvered. It has applied gilt-bronze Arabic numerals, engraved frets, and silvered engraved chapters including the hemispheres, and a moon dial. The dial is signed "James E. Caldwell & Co ~ Philadelphia".

James Emmett Caldwell was born in 1813 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He learn the jewelry trade by apprenticing with Peter B. Hayes After completing his training he went to work in New York City and then moved to Philadelphia. In 1839 he opened his own shop. It is estimated that the partnership with Mr. Bennett began in 1839. Then between 1848 and 1856 John C. Farr was Caldwell's partner.


Prior to circa 1860, Caldwell advertised that they manufactured silver flatware and holloware. After, the advertising dropped the word "manufacturer". It seems that from circa 1860, the company focused on being retailer of silver rather than a manufacturer. Soon J. E. Caldwell & Co. become one of the major jewelry and silver retailers in Philadelphia.

Durfee “Pattern 18” Variant in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy


James E. Caldwell ran the business until he died in 1881. His son, J. Albert Caldwell, ran the business until his death in 1914 and he was succeeded by his son J. Emmett Caldwell.

Mechanical: The eight-day tubular bell chiming movement has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order It will be lubricated again prior to shipment. It plays the Westminster and Whittington ("8 Bells") with tunes selectable on a subsidiary dial. A second subsidiary dial allows the chimes to be be turned off. The top of the plate, the back of the moon dial, and the tubular chimes are all stamped with the correct Durfee marks as you can see in the photos above.

Comments: Durfee hall clocks have long been sought after by serious collectors because of their beauty and unchallenged quality. They are found in both homes and offices, perhaps yours? A phone call will start the process. We'll handle all the details related to shipping.

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Description

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Front Right
Upper Left
Upper Right
Crown
Finial
Lower Right
Lower Section
Hinge
Moon Dial - 1
Moon Dial - 2
Dial
Dial Signature
Movement S
ignature
Moon Dial Signature
Tubular Chime Signature
Weights/Pendulum
Movement - 1
Movement - 2

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.144

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PRT-02
$25,000
Durfee/Tiffany Pattern No. 18 Tallcase Clock
Quartered Oak With Barley-Twist Columns, c.1890
Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

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Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Walter Durfee's tallcase clocks are perhaps the most highly sought of the American tallcase clockmakers' craft. This model has a 9-tubular chime movement and was retailed by Tiffany & Company NY, most likely to a very well-to-do family in the Northeastern part of the country.

Physical: The beautiful "broken arch" oak case with barley-twist flanking columns measures approximately 27"w 101"h x 17"d. It retains its original finish, finials, patinated cast capitals and lion-head escutcheons, and beveled glass in both doors. The 12" diameter dial with seconds bit has applied gilt-bronze Arabic numerals, engraved frets, and silvered engraved chapters including the hemispheres, and a moon dial.

Walter H. Durfee Tallcase Clock Pattern No. 18 in Quartered Oak - Antique Clocks Guy

Two subsidiary dials allow selection of "Chime on Eight Bells" or " Westminster ", and chime on or off. A painted moon dial shows two moons, a sailing ship and a landscape. The inside base (not visible without the door being open and your head stuck inside) has been hit at some point in the past undoubtedly by a falling weight. This is very common with old weight-driven clocks and is not a detractor.

Mechanical:
The massive eight-day three-train movement strikes on nickel plated tubular chimes, has an anchor escapement, a screwed beat adjustment and is regulated by a steel rod suspending a brass pendulum bob. The tubes are each stamped twice, 'Walter H. Durfee & Co. Prov. RI. Pat Nov. 8, '87. Sep 18, '88. Nov. 1, '92'.  Both the moon dial and the backplate are stamped 'Walter H. Durfee, RI, Providence '. The top edge of the backplate is also stamped twice 'Walter H. Durfee'. The movement is in excellent running order. It will be lubricated prior to shipment.

Comments: If you've been seeking the finest of American tallcase clocks, then you know that Durfee is at the pinnacle. We're ready if you are!

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Front View
Bonnet
Crown Closeup
Below Dial Detail
Hood Escutcheon
Column Capital Closeup
Trunk
Trunk Escutcheon
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial Signature
Chime Selector
Moon Dial
Weights/ Pendulum Bob
Inside Base

Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.151

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DFE-01
$21,500

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here's another great clock by the famous Walter H. Durfee of Providence, RI., long considered one of the deans of American tallcase manufacturing, and an early pioneer and entrepreneur of tubular chimes. Pattern 18 was the most popular of the styles Durfee sold.

This clock was retailed by the famous jewelry firm of
Bailey, Banks and Biddle,, which first opened its doors as Bailey and Kitchen in 1832. Catering to modish Philadelphians, the firm sold fashionable jewelry as well as silverware and precious objects. In 1846, one of the original owners, Joseph Trowbridge Bailey, invited his brother into the business. In 1878, Joseph’s son, Joseph Bailey II, forged a partnership with two other jewelers: George Banks of J.E. Caldwell and Samuel Biddle of Robbins, Clark, & Biddle. The result was Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. Today the firm is owned by Zales Corporation. Click here for a more extensive history.

Physical: The beautiful oak case with "swan-neck" pediment and barley-twist flanking columns measures approximately 27"w 100"h x 17"d and features intricately carved details and moldings, raised panels on the base and sides and precisely carved front feet.

It retains its original finish, finials, hand-carved capitals, as well as elaborate escutcheons and beveled glass in both doors. The 12" diameter dial (recently professionally resilvered) with seconds bit has applied gilt- bronze Arabic numerals, engraved frets, and silvered engraved chapters including the hemispheres, and a moon dial.


Two subsidiary dials allow selection of "Chime on Eight Bells" or "Westminster" and chime on or off. A painted moon dial shows two moons, a sailing ship and a landscape.

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(dial signature closeup)

Mechanical: The eight-day signed tubular-chime movement has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order. It will be lubricated prior to shipment. It is appropriately signed on the top of the plate and on the back plate.

Durfee “Pattern 18” 9-Tube Tallcase in Quartered Oak ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Durfee signature on movement plate Chime Tune Selector

Comments: We are fortunate to have this and several other Durfees (some pending postings) to offer to you. These are all top-of-the line clocks and ready for years of great service for you. We got a great deal on the price of this one and are delighted to pass it on to you. Give us a call to make one your own.

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Description

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Front View
Head
Head Right
Trunk
Trunk - Right
Trunk Open
Hinge - 1
Hinge - 2
Upper Escutcheon
Trunk Escutcheon
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Dial - 3
Dial Signature - 1
Dial Signature - 2
Mvt Top Signature
Mvt Back Signature


Reference
Ly, T.D., Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators, 1994, p.151

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DER-09
$14,500

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 our blanket-wrap mover 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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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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PLU-02
$10,500



Seth Thomas Hall Clock No 21 in Old Oak Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From Vista, CA

Seth Thomas Hall Clock No.21
in Old Oak, c.1894

It's a treat to occasionally see one of these Seth Thomas clocks. Because of their length, it is extremely difficult, without professional photo lighting (which we don't have) to get a great full-length photo. So look at the front shot, but study the others (additional photo have been added to the original listing to try and clarify the color of this clock). This is a great clock!

Physical: The "old oak" case is 94"h x 18.5"w x 11"d. This clock was originally sold with a panel in the trunk door or beveled glass. This particular clock has the beveled glass. The finish has been rubbed out and overcoated.

The 12" diameter silvered brass dial was professionally re-silvered by the well-known dial restorer, Martha Smallwood... she did an excellent job on it. Note that the bottom of the clock opens to a hidden storage compartment.

Mechanical: The eight-day three-weight, solid-plate movement (see Tran, pg411, photo 1344) strikes the quarter hours on a series of four nested cup bells. It strikes the hour on a deep, resonant cathedral gong. Per Tran, these clocks most commonly have two 7.5" weights for the strike trains and a smaller 4.5" weight powering the time train. Note the beautiful Seth Thomas "clam-shell" pulleys on the weights. The movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent running order. It will be lubricated prior to shipment.

The original catalogue says of the movement: "Good strong movement, lantern pinions. Beats seconds. For striking the hours, we fit a cathedral bell or a large cup bell, as may be preferred."

Comments: This is an exceptional clock. And an exceptional opportunity for you to acquire one of the most desired Seth Thomas tallcase clocks. The original price of this clock was $165... it costs a little more today and will be worth a heckuva lot more in the future. Give us a call to make this your next serious investment.

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NOTE: We have added eight additional photos of this clock taken at a different place in the same room. It is very difficult to photograph large dark clocks against a white or nearly white wall. The first photos were also taken during a remodel/repaint just after the old carpeting had been removed. The new photos were taken before the maid came to dust!

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8 NEW PHOTOS ADDED

Description

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1) Base
2) Front
3) Front Right
4) Front Left
5) Lower Right
6) Upper
7) Upper Left
8) Upper Right
Front View
Trunk Door
Crown
Upper Right Detail
Dial Surround
Lower Right Detail
Base
Dial
Bells on Movement


 

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements, 2004, p.410-411

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