E. Howard No. 68 Astronomical Regulator

E. Howard & Co. clock sells for over $275,000.00 world record

E. Howard & Co. clock sells for over $275,000.00

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – A new world record was set on Saturday, November 23 at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield Ma. when an E. Howard No. 68 Astronomical Regulator clock was sold for $277,300.00 making it the highest price ever paid at auction for a clock by E. Howard & Co. The clock was shipped to Stamford Conn. on April 18, 1884 and had remained in the family of the original owner until it was consigned to Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. 2 other Howard clocks did well at the same auction when an E. Howard & Co. No. 25 Drumhead realized $94,400.00 and an E. Howard & Co. No. 74 was hammered down at $41,300.00. In all 370 clocks were sold in the 2 session auction with the sale grossing over $1,000,000.00, a full review to follow.

E. Howard No. 68 Floor Standing Astronomical Regulator Clock. Silvered 14″ bronze astronomical dial has black incised 5 minute numbers on the chapter ring, 4.5 in. sub seconds dial over a 4.5 in. sub hour dial with pierced trefoil hand, dial signed “E. Howard & Co. Boston Mass.”, walnut bezel; quality brass 8 day 2 weight time only astronomical movement is signed “E. Howard & Co. Boston”, has 4 leg silvered gravity escapement with jeweled pallets on the gravity arms, maintaining power, quality brass side weights with brass pulleys and 4 jar mercurial pendulum numbered 297 – 3380. The large carved walnut case has an arched crest with scrolled seashell over a carved maidens head and raised burled panels, door has carved corbels on either side with raised panels and turned rosettes on the front, silvered beat indicator on a pierced carved riser inside of the case and nice inset burled panels in the base. Clock is in excellent original finish with good original glass on the door & sides, Exceptional color and patina, good original blued hands, dial screws and washers. 105 in. high x 33 in. wide x 17 in. deep.

With over 40 years in the auction business, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is a name that has earned the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners around the world. Cataloged lots get nationwide exposure to the firm’s expansive database of over 15,000 qualified buyers. Seven times Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” by the public.

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality consignments for future sales. The firm also buys clocks, antiques, and entire estates outright. To consign an item, estate or collection, call (413) 448-8922 and ask for John Fontaine. Or, e-mail him at info@fontainesauction.com. For more information log on to www.FontainesAuction.com.

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