PITTSFIELD, MASS. — A new world record was set on November 23 at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery when an E. Howard No. 68 Astronomical Regulator clock was sold for $277,300, 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.
The No. 68 is a floor-standing astronomical regulator, impressive at 105 inches tall. The silvered 14-inch bronze dial is signed E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass., as is the brass eight-day, two-weight time-only astronomical movement.
Two other Howard clocks did well at the same auction when an E. Howard & Co. No. 25 Drumhead realized $94,400, and an E. Howard & Co. No. 74 brought $41,300.
In all, 370 clocks were sold in the two-session auction, with the sale grossing more than $1 million. A complete review of the sale will appear in an upcoming issue.