Early American Clocks 272-277
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272.            $150

“Eight Day Clocks / Made and Sold By “Elisha Manross, Forestville, Conn.”, OG mantel clock, ca 1843.  He worked with wood movement clocks for others until brass movements came about around 1840, then he got into the business with others then by himself in 1843.  The two iron weights are heavier than the clock.  There is a very good label, excellent painted metal dial, old and no doubt original hands, brass pendulum, and coil gong.  The 8-day movement is not signed, is very clean and was running when we hauled the 125 early clocks out of the house.  The rosewood veneered case is 29 inches tall, clean, has a door knob in front, and two original glasses.  No doubt some bumps and bruises from hauling 250 clocks in a 26 foot Penske, but it should clean up.  $250-$500.

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273.            $125

“Invented By Eli Terry / Made & Sold At / Terryville, Conn. By / Eli Jerry, Jr.”, stenciled column and splat case with a wood movement, ca 1831-1832.  The mahogany veneered case is 32 inches, half column and splat, clean and polished, and excellent stenciling.  A split was repaired on the splat, otherwise the wood parts are very good.  There is an ivory escutcheon and lock on the door.  The bottom glass has a break and the upper is a replacement.  The Terry wood movement has 42 teeth on the escape wheel, and is complete with verge and cords and strikes an iron bell on the hours.  Good label albeit dark/smoky.  It has a pair of square iron weights, thirty hour type, a brass pendulum bob, very good wood dial and period hands.    $200-$300.

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276.            $125

“Ephriam Downs, Bristol, Conn.”, 30-hour wood movement in this OG case, ca 1820’s.  He worked with many other clock makers and made several trips on horseback to Cincinnati, Ohio where he worked for Luman Watson and others.  He worked only in the wood movement trade, never with brass movements.  I cannot find another clock that has sold with just his name listed.  He is always listed with partners.  This excellent 27 inch high rosewood ? case is very attractive with unusual graining of the wood.  Key locking door, with key and escutcheon, two original glasses with complete putty, near perfect label, good wood dial, old hands, brass pendulum, paid of iron weights, coil gong, and clean and functioning wood movement.  $150-$250.

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277.            $150

“E.  N.  Welch mfg.  Co. / Forestville, Conn. U.S.A.”, eight day weight driven brass movement in this OG case, ca 1864.  Everything about this 29 ½ inch rosewood veneered case appears to be original or period.  The painted metal dial is very nice with a little paint loss on the bottom right.  Both glasses, door latches, large iron weights, pendulum and winding crank all are period and probably original.  I just noticed I failed to wipe off the hauling dust and bruises from the case edges.  White areas will clean off.  Inside is a complete paper label, coil gong, and the 8-day signed brass movement that is operational.  Ly-Welch, pages440-450.  $200-$350.

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275.            $125

Eli Terry, Jr.  stenciled column and splat shelf clock, ca 1831.  Mahogany veneered case is 31 ½ inches high, in good condition to be 185 years old.  It appears there has been some finagling on the splat, probably broken or chipped and they took off the other side to even it up.  It is an odd shaped splat.  There is a pair of old iron weights, both glasses have been replaced, lock in the door but no escutcheon, stenciling is pretty good.  The old label is covered with plastic, making it hard to photograph.  So many of this collector’s early clocks are that way.  I guess that is a good thing.  Iron bell, brass pendulum, old hands, and a super good dial.  Wood movement has 42 teeth on the escape wheel and is operational.  $150-$250.

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274.            $100

Stenciled Column & Splat shelf clock, ca 1830? No label or any marking on the movement, dial, or case.   The mahogany veneered case is 24 ½ inches high, clean and polished, ivory escutcheon and key lock on the door, and both glasses are replacements.  There has been some new wood added on the backboard. Other than that, it is a nice clock.  The dial is fabulous, has old hands, pendulum, pair of iron weights, and iron bell. The wood movement is operational, has 42 teeth on the escape wheel.  $125-$200.

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