Jeromes & Darrow “Bronze Looking Glass Clock”, 1828-1833. Chauncey and Noble Jerome, with Elijah Darrow introduced the sturdy and affordable bronze looking glass clock in 1825, initially using Chauncey Boardman’s “groaner” wooden movement, but shortly thereafter switching to a movement designed by Noble, the “thin movement”, probably to save costs. By 1829 they switched again to a modified Terry movement (Type 7.112) with a shorter (15.3 inch) pendulum length and a 32-tooth escape wheel. That is the movement in this clock. The partnership with Darrow ended in 1833. I would venture to say that everything on this clock is original except perhaps the hands and pendulum bob. The wood dial fits exactly, and there is a single set of matching holes in the bottom of the dial and the support board for the pins to secure the dial board. There is a single hole on each side of the movement dividers that perfectly matches the holes in the movement. The upper glass is very old, and has been reputtied into place; the mirror shows wear and loss of silvering, and is held in place by a very old backboard and newer glazier’s points. The bronze stenciling on the columns and splat is original, still fairly visible; there is an ivory escutcheon on the right with a key. The dial shows little wear or soiling and doesn’t show signs of touch-up or repainting. The paper label is torn and brown, but readable. There are two old 30-hour weights. Some repairs can be seen to the movement, and there are some missing teeth. The weight cords are broken, so we did not test it, but the strike gears turn and the hammer strikes the iron bell. The time gears are stuck, but we didn’t push it. These are big clocks (35 inches tall), heavy, awkward, and not especially pretty. But they are iconic, and this one is in excellent original condition. They changed clock manufacturing in the 1830’s, and brass movements soon followed. $200-$400.
Seth Thomas “Column Strike”, 1850-1865. This is a beautifully restored sleigh-front clock. The columns are mock turtle shell, probably original, the caps are repainted over gilt. The veneer is perfect, no doubt extensively and professionally repaired. The dial glass is old, the tablets recent replacements. The metal dial is a modern replacement. Unfortunately, we can’t convince the signed 8-day, time-and-strike movement to run, and it will need to see the clock doc. It is driven by two old iron weights. There is a great Plymouth Hollow label inside. If you’re looking for a beautiful archetype decorative clock from mid-nineteenth century, look no further. $350-$500.
J. C. Brown “Acorn” clock, ca. 1847. A better example we have not seen. Fully restored, for sure, but here’s what’s by all appearances original: The case, backboard, base, door frame, movement, fusee mechanism, back liner, label. The glasses are old, probably newly cut from old glass, and expertly and beautifully repainted. They are unsigned. The signed dial may be original, but it is certainly repainted. The hands are correct to style but modified from other hands to fit. The two side arms are hard to assess; I think one is original, possibly both. The round base mounts do not match, one may be original. The acorns on the ends may or may not be original. The laminate, with a mahogany surface veneer, is really outstanding, the lower glass spectacular. The signed movement (Forestville MFG Co.) is correct to this model and is running and striking with a replacement escape wheel and a repaired strike hammer. We sold one of these in poorer condition in 2013 for $3500, and the most recent sale on the Antique Clocks Price Guide was for $3000 at Schmitt’s in 2014.
Silas Hoadley “OG”, ca. 1840. Silas Hoadley is best known for his wooden works clocks, but he made 30-hour brass movements late in his career, before retiring a rich man in 1849. He lived his whole life in Plymouth CT. This 26-inch mahogany veneer OG has everything you could ask for: Good veneer all around, two old and probably original glasses, the tablet with a Fenn design still in good shape; correct if not original hands, a clean and nearly flawless wood dial with signed grommets, a good label inside, and a weight-driven signed movement (S Hoadley | Plymouth USA) that is running and striking a wire gong as designed. Two old iron weights and a very old pendulum bob. As good as it gets. Schmitt’s sold a similar Hoadley clock in 2013 for $280. $150-$300.
Ray & Ingraham “OG”, 1841-1843. Benjamin Ray partnered with Andrew Ingraham (Elias’ younger brother), and Elias, to make 30-hour brass movement OG clocks. The partnership lasted only two years. This 26-inch flame mahogany-veneered case is in excellent shape. Both glasses are old, the upper has been replaced or reputtied into place, while the lower tablet is original and shows only a few spots of flaking. It resembles a Jerome-style glass. There is a good label inside and an unsigned brass time-and-strike weight-driven movement with a wire gong. It is running and striking as expected. The wood dial board is also in nice shape with two brass grommets, gold gesso spandrels, and old OG-style hands. Two old iron weights and an old pendulum bob. No sales of Ray & Ingraham clocks in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, and we haven’t seen one before. Have you? We estimate $150-$250.
S.C. Spring & Co. “Column”, ca. 1864-1868. Solomon Spring bought the Birge, Peck & Co. factory and made brass movements with J. Ives’ rolling pinions, both of which are noted on the black and gold label inside the case. In 1868 he then partnered with Elisha Welch to form Welch, Spring & Co., selling out to Welch entirely in 1883. This 30.5-inch model appears to be the principal if not only model made by Spring & Co.; there are four listed in the Antique Clocks Price Guide. The case is mahogany with rosewood veneer on the front and two large columns that were painted long ago but should be gilt. They are due for repainting, or better, re-gilding. The case overall needs a good cleaning; there are the usual nicks and chips, especially along the base. Both glasses are old, the red and gold stenciled tablet is in excellent shape and was rebacked in black long ago. This is one of two tablets seen on these clocks, the other being a reverse-painted oriental-style landscape. The painted metal dial has some flaking but is clean; the hands are appropriate but not original. The label is faded but largely intact. The unsigned 8-day strap brass movement is running and striking on the hour, driven by two 8-lb weights. A good example of this uncommon clock that would benefit greatly from some effort to clean the case and regild or paint the columns. $275-$400.