Waterbury Wall Regulator Wall Number 15. A wall clock made by the Waterbury Clock Company of Waterbury, Connecticut. This is a very difficult model to find. 221131

This is a very impressive wall clock. This large form measures approximately 92 inches or 7 feet 8 inches long. At the top of the case is a molding that measures 32 inches wide and the case has a maximum depth of 13.5 inches deep. The case is constructed in antique oak and retains an older if not original surface or finish. This model was also originally offered in three choices of wood. They included antique oak, walnut or cherry. This regulator is pictured in the Waterbury clock catalogs circa 1892. In this format, it originally sold for $130.00.

This is a very good example. The case is decorated with a variety of carvings that are distributed throughout the overall design. The clock visually appears to sit on top of a bracket that is mounted to the bottom of the case. The front door and side of the case are fitted with glass panels. Having glass on the sides of the case has an interesting effect on the case interior. It lightens the interior of the case up considerably by allowing more light to penetrate inside. As a result, the figured inset panel used in the construction of the backboard is easy to see. The front of the case opens as a door and is hinged on the right. This provides access to the interior components. The white porcelain dial measures 12 inches in diameter and is framed in a brass bezel. The minute track is closed and the hour numerals are a large Roman format. Three hands are used to display the time. The hour and minute hands are an open moon format. The long thin hand is a sweep seconds hand. This rotates around the dial once a minute with the motion of the pendulum. Behind the dial is the movement which is Waterbury’s best quality. It features a dead-beat pin wheel escapement, displaying sweep seconds and having retaining power. It is weight powered and designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The mechanism is finely finished. The gearing is encased in an iron box which protects the movement from dust. This box is mounted to a large iron bracket that is mounted to the backboard. The single weight that powers the clock is lead and covered in brass. The large pendulum features a gridiron rod and a large 14 inch diameter brass bob. The grid iron is composed of 9 oval shaped rods of alternating metals, brass and steel. This is a John Harrison design and was his solution for temperature compensation. This design reacts positively to changes in temperature. The two metals work against one another in order to keep the length stable. Polished up, this pendulum is very impressive. Because the clock beats seconds, this pendulum moves nice and slow. Applied to the backboard is the Waterbury Company swing indicator. This is cast and is nicely detailed. The top of the case is fitted with a decorative crest. The crest extends beyond the sides of the case and overhangs the cornice molding. In the center is an urn finial. This is turned and is enhanced with carvings.

This wall clock would look fantastic in your office or business. Imagine having the business name painted on the door glass. This would make a fantastic and impressive sign.

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