Massive E. Howard & Company Model 87 floor-standing clock with jewelled pallets.
Elmer O. Stennes presentation Girandole clock.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Over 1,000 lots of vintage antique clocks and watches – many of them exceedingly rare and highly collectible timepieces – will be sold at a two-day, four-session sale planned for May 30-31 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The centerpiece lot promises to be a rare and fine E. Howard Model no. 61 floor standing astronomical regulator, the third such clock to be sold by Fontaine’s.
The first one, a magnificent example, soared to $195,500 at a Spring Clock Auction held in June of last year. The second one, offered at Fontaine’s Fall Clock Auction in November, was a superior example that brought $189,750. “The one we’re selling May 30th is the best of the three, without question,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “I’m very curious to see what it sells for.”
The weekend will kick off with Session I, on Saturday, May 30, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Over 275 lots of cataloged clocks will be presented, among them the E. Howard no. 61 (shown at left, top), boasting a four-jar mercury pendulum. But other E. Howards will be offered, too. These include an extremely rare Model 70 wall clock with 20-inch dial; a massive Model 87 floor-standing clock with jeweled pallets, four-jar mercury pendulum and time-only brass movement; and no. 1 and no. 5 banjo clocks.
Also featured will be a hard-to-find Chelsea ship’s clock with a 10-inch dial and rare, patinated Verde brass case with brass dial; a fantastic French Industrial mantel clock; an Elmer O. Stennes presentation Girandole banjo clock; an Elmer O. Stennes lyre clock; an Elmer O. Stennes weight-driven Massachusetts shelf clock; Seth Thomas weight-driven regulators; and an Umbria no. 7 regulator clock.
Session II, which will begin around 3 p.m. May 30, will be an uncataloged Discovery Auction. Over 400 clocks, comprising about 250 lots, will cross the block. “Bidders must be present to preview and bid in this session,” Mr. Fontaine pointed out, “as the clocks are uncataloged and being sold as-is.” He added, “Absentee and phone bids will be accepted in this session if you have previewed the lots.”
Session III – to be held Sunday, May 31, at 11 a.m. – will feature over 250 lots of fine cataloged wristwatches and pocket watches. Included in the group will be a very rare Rolex Model Ref. 4500 two-tone chronograph; a Rolex Tank wristwatch made for Bucherer; a very nice Waltham five-minute repeater pocket watch; and an interesting Dudley Masonic Masons pocket watch with special movement.
Session IV, to be held May 31 starting around 2 p.m., will be another Discovery Auction, this one dedicated to pocket watches and wristwatches—over 400 of them. Many will be sold in multiple item lots and large groups. And like in the clock Discovery Auction, bidders must be present to preview and bid, as the watches are uncataloged and will be sold as-is. Absentee and phone bids will also be accepted.
Returning to clocks to be offered in Session I, other expected top lots include Sonora chime clocks; English boxed chronometers; Ithaca calendar clocks; a Belgrade no. 2 calendar clock; French picture frame automaton clocks; weight-driven and presentation banjo clocks; a collection of 30 Ansonia Royal Bonn china mantel clocks; J.C. Brown ripple steeple clocks; and an Atkins 30-day wagon spring.
Other clocks in Session I include American and French swingers; a Rogers Maine tall clock with cast-iron plates; Terry clocks; Jerome clocks; Ansonia calendar clocks; a Walter Durfee grandfather clock; Chelsea ship’s bell clocks; Ansonia crystal palace clocks; Waterbury clocks; E.N. Welch clocks; a New Haven clock; nice French Industrials; and 30-hour Wood Works Connecticut grandfather clocks.
Also sold will be English skeleton clocks; a French silk thread clock; a Southern Clock Company calendar; a Hickory Dickory Dock clock; Ansonia figural clocks; a massive Gothic grandfather clock; a John Polsey banjo clock; a Waltham boxed chronometer; a Hamilton boxed chronometer; Boston Clock Company mantel clocks; Morbier clocks; cuckoo clocks; a LeCoultre Atmos clock; and many more.
Returning to the Session III watches, offered will be a very fine size 18 Hamilton solid gold box-hinge multi-colored pocket watch; a Patek Philippe men’s solid gold pocket watch; a boxed Omega Speedmaster chronograph; many other fine Swiss chronographs; men’s IWC international wristwatches; English Fusee pocket watches; LeCoultre men’s wristwatches; and a Longines 8-day up/down indicator.
Other watches will include Illinois Bunn special pocket watches; a Wakmann chronograph wristwatch; an Omega constellation; Heuer wristwatch chronographs; E. Howard pocket watches; Movado wristwatches; Vacheron & Constantin watches; an Illinois 24-jewel Bunn special; Waltham up/down indicators; Breitling wristwatch chronographs; a Hamilton multi-colored box-hinge; and more.
The auction will be held in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s spacious showroom, located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, Mass. Previews will be held on Friday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Saturday and Sunday (May 30-31), from 8-11 a.m. both days. Online bidding will be facilitated exclusively by Artfact.com. For more information, log on to www.FontainesAuction.net.