E. Howard & Co. No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator clock realizes $277,300 at Fontaine's An E. Howard & Company No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator clock descending over the course of many decades from the original family sold for $277,300 at Fontaine's Auction Gallery, Nov. 23rd
that hit $41,300 was 60 inches tall and in good running condition. The 12-inch silvered bronze astronomical dial was E-Howard-signed and numbered (305). The brass, weight-driven movement featured Graham deadbeat escapement with jeweled pallets, Geneva stop and maintaining power, and was also signed E. Howard & Co.
An inlaid rosewood Vienna regulator in excellent condition and with the original finish – “the finest example of this clock we have ever seen,” Mr. Fontaine said – rose to $25,370. The 9 ½ inch inset porcelain dial had black Roman hour numerals and was signed “Jacob Weber.” The gorgeous 73-inch rosewood case had a pierce-carved floral and filigree crest and corner finials.
A French figural three graces annular clock with a white marble base having a fluted pedestal topped with an urn, with dore bronze handles and trim, 26 inches tall, with the original dore finish, realized $17,700. Standing around the urn were three nude female figures (the three graces). The 4 ½ inch dial had two porcelain rings: one with Roman numerals, one with Arabic.
A Gothic triple fusee Whittington chime and bell skeleton clock with two pierced brass cathedral-shaped plates and a silvered 8-inch chapter ring with black incised Roman numerals, coasted to $16,250. The clock, signed “Bennett, London” on a metal tag and perched on a white marble base, was 23 inches tall overall, with good original fusee chains and recoil escapement.
A Herschedes pattern 140 mahogany 9-tube grandfather clock, 106 inches tall, with blue pierced hands, silvered chapter ring with brass Arabic numerals and Westminster/Whittington sub-dials, went for $11,800. The clock, with a Graham deadbeat escapement and signed with the Herschedes trademark, had some case wear to the crest but the movement was in good condition.
A Kroeber No. 25 hanging pinwheel jeweler’s regulator in fine condition, with an enhanced and polished finish, found a new owner for $10,620. The clock, 98 inches tall, had a 12-inch porcelain dial with black Roman hour numerals, open moon hands, sweep second hand and a gilt brass bezel. The carved walnut No. 25 wall hanging case had a carved maiden’s head.
Rounding out just a handful of the day’s highlights is a mahogany and ormolu swinging portico clock, 22 inches tall, in good condition and with the original finish ($9,440). The dial was signed “Gittion a Paris” and the movement was signed “Bechot.” The mahogany portico-style case had turned tapered columns and the 3 ½ inch dial featured black painted Roman numerals.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s next big event will be a cataloged antique auction slated for Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. (with previews Friday, Jan. 10, from 10-5, and Saturday, Jan. 11, from 8-11 a.m.). Featured will be items from the home, shop and personal collection of Randy Gottesfeld of Gaslight Time in Brooklyn, NY. The auction will be held in Fontaine’s Pittsfield gallery, at 1485 West Housatonic Street.
With over 40 years in the auction business, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is a name that has earned the trust of collectors,