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Historic Cherry Regulator #30, manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Connecticut, ca. 1888

Historic Cherry Regulator #30, manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Connecticut, ca. 1888

Product Description:

Seth Thomas Regulator #30 in a cherrywood case manufactured in 1888 and likely made on special order as a Presentation Gift from one Connecticut Fire Company to another (see provenance). The original painted metal dial is signed by the maker and the surface is completely untouched. Original steel 'Spade' hands and seconds bit. Original eight day brass regulator movement with dead beat escapement and maintaining power, original wooden pendulum rod and brass bob with the historic engraving. Original brass beat scale at the bottom of the case. Original brass shell weight.


Height 50 in.

Dial diameter 12 in.


The dark cherry case retains its original finish and all of the various original carvings and decorative pieces. No evidence of any case damage. The painted dial is original and untouched. The movement is clean and in excellent running condition. Even the plain door glass has never been changed. Simply put, the entire case, dial, and movement are genuine and in mint original condition throughout. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


This clock was a Presentation gift between two nineteenth century Connecticut firehouses. The brass pendulum bob is engraved, "Crescent Hose Company of Thomaston to Hubbard Hose Company of Middletown MAR 1, 1889". The backboard of the clock is engraved with a date of production in the year 1888. This clock was likely purchased directly from the Seth Thomas factory in Thomaston, as a special order, for the sole purpose of making this gift. Both nineteenth century firehouses were volunteer companies with the Crescent Hose Company (Thomaston) starting operation in 1883 and the Hubbard Hose Company (Middletown) in 1873. Both remained in operation for long periods of time with Hubbard closing in 1946 and Crescent ceasing operations in 1980. The Middletown Historical Society supplied an early photograph of the Hubbard Hose Company Firehouse with their firewagon (marked, "Hubbard") just outside the double carriage doors of the building where this clock would have hung.

About The Artist:

Seth Thomas (1785-1859) began life as a "joiner" of cases for Eli Terry in Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut, and helped to develop the mass produced shelf clock made from interchangeable parts. He was not an innovator, rather he was a diligent worker who copied other clockmaker's models, and did so extremely well. He began making wooden works clocks by about 1816 and switched to brass movements about 1845, later than most of his colleagues in the industry. All were weight driven until 1850, and then spring driven clocks were used primarily, except in the true regulators, which the company made in many styles. Thomas organized the Seth Thomas Clock Company in 1853, and employed roughly 900 workers. After his death in 1859 the Seth Thomas Company continued on under the direction of his two sons. In 1865 the town of Plymouth, where Seth Thomas had labored for almost half a century, was renamed 'Thomaston' in his honor. The company flourished and developed all sorts of new clocks.


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Historic Cherry Regulator #30, manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Connecticut, ca. 1888

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