William Gilbert Clock Company Winsted, Connecticut. A bow regulator called the Observatory model. 220054

This is a nice clean example of a pressed oak case box regulator made by the W. L. Gilbert Clock Company in Winsted, Connecticut. This clock can be found in the Gilbert Clock Catalogs of 1913. It is listed as the “Observatory” model.

The case wood is oak and retains a rich finish and an excellent color. The decorative designs on the forward facing surfaces of the case are deeply pressed into the wood. This is done with roller dies under tremendous pressure at the factory. The result is a clock case that appears to have been decorated with hand carved details. The upper splat is constructed from four pieces of wood. It is support on both ends by details we now call ears. These are decorated. In the center of the design is a pressed design of a pineapple. This is positioned in front of the splat board and thus provides additional depth to the overall design. The front of the case serves as a door that is hinged. It is divided into two sections and they are both fitted with glass. The upper window forms a frame for the dial. It is painted black in the corners, A gilt ring frames the shape of the dial behind it. The center section is left clear in order to view the dial. The paper dial measures approximately twelve inches in diameter and the Arabic style hour numerals are easy to read from across the room. The dial is applied to a tin pan that is trimmed with a brass bezel. Winding access is through this dial. The Maker’s trademark is located just above the winding arbor. The lower section of the door is also fitted with glass. This is decorated with gilt paint. The door features the phrase, “STANDARD / Time” in bold gilt letters across the middle. It is also decorated with a framing detail along the perimeter. Behind the glass, one can view the brass faced pendulum bob. The Maker’s label, (partial) can be found on the backboard of the clock.

This clock has a brass eight-day time only movement. It is driven by a coil spring and needs to be wound once a week. The pendulum swings from side to side when the clock is operating. This provides visual entertainment and a steady Tick – Tock heart beat to the room in which it is installed. You are never alone with a clock in the room. This model originally sold for $6.50 in 1913.

This case measure approximately 37 inches long, 15.75 inches wide and 5 inches deep and was made circa 1913.



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