Howard & Davis Boston/Riggs Philadelphia
A very fine and rare 1860’s regulator banjo clock. The #2 Regulator banjo clock is the rarest of the 5 models produced by Howard. This clock is in an outstanding state of preservation: first finish, original gilded pendulum rod, original untouched glasses, die stamped numbered frames (#20) and original bottom board (#20). Both brass hinges are die stamped #20 as well. 44 inches long, 11 1/2 inch dial, 9 1/2 inch time track, 1 1/4 inch numerals. The clock is powered by its original cast iron, 11 pound weight. The movement is signed in two places on the front plate: Howard & Davis Boston & Riggs Philadelphia at the bottom edge and an “over-strike” over the Howard & Davis, Boston. Pencil inscriptions above the works from the Trenton firm of Cook & Jacques who were contract agents for Howard & the Railroads. The Cherry case retains its original “faux” Rosewood grain decoration. The case retains original “push button’ door latches as well as working case locks (typically found in Railroad Regulators) with the original key. Even the winding crank is original. The painted Zinc dial is signed by W. H. C. Riggs Philadelphia who were agents for Howard & Davis as well as the Pennsylvania Railroads. The clock was sold by Rago Fine Arts, Lambertville NJ and Mr. Thomas Martin, Director of Estate Sales was commissioned to sell this clock by the former owner of the Lambertville Train Station before it was transformed into the Restaurant operation that exists today. All in all a great piece of Horology, West Jersey History, & Railroadana !