Clocks, clocks and more clocks at Fontaine's, June 14th Over 500 antique collectible clocks -- many of them exceedingly rare and museum-quality -- will be sold Saturday, June 14, at Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. The sale starts at 10 a.m.
Contact: Bob Burke or John Fontaine
OVER 500 RARE AND ANTIQUE CLOCKS TO BE AUCTIONED
SATURDAY, JUNE 14 BY FONTAINE'S IN PITTSFIELD, MASS.
(Pittsfield, Mass.) - Over 500 vintage collectible clocks many of them exceedingly rare and museum-quality will be sold on Saturday, June 14, starting at 10 a.m., by Fontaine's Auction Gallery. A catalog is available by phone request, at (413) 448-8922, or through e-mail request, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Images may be viewed on the firm's website: www.fontainesauction.net.
The sale will feature early E. Howard examples, to include #1, #3, #4, #5, #7, #8, #9, #10 and #11; as well as a spectacular #61 Astronomical Floor Regulator with mercury pendulum; and a #70 clock with 16-inch dial. The #1 clock is a weight-driven banjo clock and technically a Howard & Davis creation (predating E. Howard's dissolution, in 1857). Such examples are becoming increasingly rare.
A few more offerings that are certain to pique the interest of the bidding crowd include:
An Elmer O. Stennes girandole weight-driven banjo clock, rocking ship tall clock and Lyre banjo clock. Mr. Stennes began as a cabinet maker who took the movements from E. Howard and Chelsea regulators to fashion his own clock creations. His clocks are known for the famous bee on the label and are also prized for their maker's notoriety as Stennes famously murdered his first wife.
An English rolling ball clock by Dent of London. This is a modern version of a Victorian Congreve clock, named for Sir William Congreve, who invented a new type of rolling ball clock in the early 19th century. The ball has a zig-zag motion, vs. the traditional fixed-incline movement. John E. Dent founded the company (now called E. Dent & Co., Ltd.). He made clocks up until his death in 1853.
A French industrial steam engine clock that just may steal the show for its unique looks and style.
The auction will also feature 20+ standing clocks (including a Norton rocking ship); about 40 weight-driven wall clocks (including a Welch #1, Seth Thomas #1 extra, and Seth Thomas models #2, #3 and #6); a selection of double dials (including a Seth Thomas Bank #8, office calendars #1, 2 and 4, and a parlor calendar #10); fashion models; a rocking ship tall clock; and a Lyre banjo clock.
Also slated to cross the block are a bride's model presentation clock; Foster Campos banjo clocks; French industrials; Annular; Empire silk thread; swinging arm; animated; Lyre; Chelsea ships' clocks; ripple fronts; Pattis; additional banjo clocks; pillar and scroll examples; a Willard banjo; a Waltham weight-driven banjo and other presentation weight-driven banjos; and more Campos clocks.
The sale will also include a Riley Whiting tall clock; French carriage clocks; Ithaca and Waterbury calendar clocks; Waterbury calendar clocks; marine clocks; a gallery clock with 24-inch dial; LeCoultre Atmos clocks; an acorn mantel clock; crystal regulators; a LeRoy carriage clock; English skeleton clocks; 2- and 3-weight Vienna regulators; and a Waltham tubular chime clock.