E. Howard No. 57 Regulator
New World Record of $145,200 for an E. Howard No. 57 Regulator at Fontaine’s
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — An E. Howard No. 57 wall regulator clock attained $145,200, including buyer’s premium, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery on Saturday, May 19 which is a new world’s record for this model. Selling to an in-house buyer bidding for an out-of-state client, the clock was estimated at $60/80,000 and helped drive the 300-lot auction to over $1,000,000.
The clock has been in the same family since 1885 and was originally presented to “Joseph S. Waterman in December of 1890 by his friends.” Waterman hung the 73-inch tall clock in his Rocksbury, Mass., business and he was the great-great-grandfather of the consignor.
E. Howard & Co. No. 57 Wall Regulator
E. Howard & Co. No. 57 Wall Regulator. Original 14 in. silvered dial signed “E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass” has black incised Roman hour numerals, 5 minute numbers outside, sub seconds and original blued pierced diamond hands; quality No. 3 brass 8 day weight driven time only movement signed “E. Howard & Co., Boston” has graham deadbeat escapement having jeweled pallets, maintaining power, original brass covered weight with original solid brass pulley and original 1 jar cut glass pendulum bob containing either invar or a lead slug and hanging from a silver painted turned wood stick which is mounted on the cast iron bracket and has a silvered beat indicator. In a beautiful walnut wall hanging case having a turned finial on an arched crest with quarter fan carving, scalloped shoulder, large quarter corner columns with stylized seashell capitols at the top and reverse black painted and gold leaf door glass which reads “Presented to Joseph S. Waterman, By Friends, December 1890”. Case has a slightly cleaned original finish which retains some original crazing & patina, pendulum stick is repainted. 73 in. high x 22.75 in. wide x 10.5 in. deep.