129.           $4000

Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co. “Regulator No. 7”, ca. 1881. This monument of Victorian design stands 100 inches tall in a clean old finish, with beautiful burled walnut trim and three original glasses with the original putty.  I think the finish was overcoated, perhaps restained, a long time ago; the crest appears to have a replaced backboard with the original carvings restored.  It is mounted precariously but secured from behind.  Both top finials are correct but likely replacements; all the top and side carvings are complete and I see no losses or damage.  The base is not quite to specs, missing the thin carved emblems on the rounded side panels (probably old replacements), and with the center carved emblem mounted upside-down.  It nonetheless looks good and matches the rest of the case well.  The 12-inch porcelain dial is flawless, with the original hands.  The pinwheel movement is bright and shiny but oily, the temperature-compensating gridiron pendulum likely original, with a 5.5-lb brass shell weight that I think is correct.  It will run for about an hour and stop, and will need service.  AAC  has sold three of this model (2021; 2022; 2022) with an average price of $6250, and I think this is the prettiest of the group.  Delivery to the eastern half of the US for $500.  $4500–$6000. 

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Antique American Clocks                     JANUARY 2024

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