E. Howard #61 floor regulator clock sells for $189,750 An E. Howard & Co. #61 astronomical floor regulator clock sold for $189,750 at a Fall Clock Auction held Nov. 8 by Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. The auction grossed over $1 million.
News-Antique.com - Nov 18,2008 - (Pittsfield, Mass.) - The vintage clock world was buzzing this past June when a magnificent E. Howard & Co. #61 astronomical floor regulator realized $195,500 at a Spring Clock Auction held by Fontaine's. Lightning struck twice when another example, even nicer than the June clock, gaveled for $189,750 at Fontaine's Fall Clock Auction, held Nov. 8 in at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield.
Most auction houses would have felt blessed to be able to offer one Howard astronomical regulator in their lifetime, and we had two in one year, enthused John Fontaine of Fontaine's Auction Gallery. The fact that it was a superior example to the one sold in spring must have made the winning bidder feel pretty special, especially since he paid about $5,000 less. This was truly a great auction.
About 475 vintage antique clocks many of them rare, museum-quality pieces crossed the block at the two-session sale. All but about 25 sold in an auction that grossed over $1 million. Around 200 enthusiastic bidders packed the gallery, while a combined 300 phone and absentee bids were fielded. Online bidding was facilitated through Proxibid, eBayLiveAuctions and Auctionnetwork.com.
The Howard astronomical regulator was by far the top lot of the sale. The case was carved walnut with burled trim. All case parts were original and in excellent condition. The movement had a Graham dead beat escapement with red ruby pallets. The clock had been consigned from only its third owner, with papers dating to its original purchaser, (Edmands & Wiggins, Bangor, Maine, 1874, $800).
The second top lot was also an E. Howard clock a #60 astronomical hanging regulator that soared to $46,000. The piece featured a 12.5-inch dial, period hands, a highly carved and refinished case, a massive brass movement with jeweled pallets, a Graham dead beat escapement (which had maintaining power and beat seconds) and original cut to cranberry fancy cylinder glass pendulum bob.
Three other clocks topped the $20,000 mark. They were:
A rare United States Clock Co. astronomical floor clock with regulator D style carved walnut case with a bonnet top and figural maiden head in the crest ($37,375). The massive clock stood over 9 feet tall and was made around 1870, in New York City. The case was in excellent condition.
A 30-day period Beidermeier lantern clock with bold Roman numerals, brass weight and pendulum bob, a period mahogany veneered case and a single band of inlay at the corners ($25,875). The arched panel door featured side panels, and the 9-inch marble dial was signed Happacher & Sons.
A monumental Brocot French figural three-piece clock set, with heavy gilt bronze case featuring a pair of putti holding filigree on either side of a globe in the center ($20,700). The 5.25-inch porcelain dial was signed A. Brocot & Deletthez and featured a jeweled pallet open escapement.
Additional auction highlights follow. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
A French figural conical mantle clock, attributed to Farcot & Laurent (Paris,