Early American Clocks 278-283
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278.            $150

“Jonathan Frost / Reading, Mass.  / 1843”, shelf clock with reverse OG sides and splat.  The wonderful case is 27 ½ inches tall, door latch in front, picture in bottom is a replacement, top appears to be original.  Excellent complete paper label, coil gong, very good wood dial, and operating wood movement.  There is a pair of old iron weights, but no hands or pendulum.  Case is complete from capitals and returns to the base.  You will find a small veneer chip or two on an edge.  $200-$350.



279.            $150

“Benjamin, Twiss, Meriden, Conn.”, made half column and splat clocks, ca 1831-1834.  It has been reported that his cases may have been made in Canada and he bought movements from Silas Hoadley.  This maker is new to me.  I don’t believe I have ever seen or sold one of his clocks.  The 31-inch-high case is probably mahogany but different looking than mahogany generally seen in Conn. clocks.  The stenciling on the half columns and splat is super good.  The door has a lock, key, and ivory escutcheon.  The mirror is probably a replacement, top glass original.  Inside is a perfect label, excellent wood dial, period hands and pendulum, iron bell, pair of iron weights, and a clean as a pin wood movement.  It is strung and operational.  $200-$350.


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282.            $250

Made and Sold at Plymouth, Connecticut by Henry Terry at the old Manufactory or H.  Terry & Sons”, stencil column and splat case with an 8-day wood movement, ca 1832.    The mahogany veneered case is 36” tall and in pretty good condition top to bottom.  I found very few veneer chips or repairs.  The case retains its original finish, now slightly dark, but a dark you will like.  One return is missing and the caps are in place and original.  It has very nice stenciled half columns, splat, and carved feet.  Both doors have ivory escutcheons and locks. I will call the top glass original but the bottom is a replacement painted by Tom Moberg.  The only shortcoming I find with the clock is that the two large weights are not an original pair.  The 8-day movement is a Terry type and original to the clock.  There are unusually large weights, weighing 13 lb.  (not old) and 9 pounds.  The dial is pristine and it has old hands, and a pendulum, crank, and iron bell are inside the case.  The rollers on top are in place and apparently the weights are compounded for at the end of the weight cords is another pulley.  $300-$500.


281.            $150

“C & N Jerome / Bristol, Conn.”, a column and splat shelf clock with 30-hour wood movement, ca 1834.  The clock case is all original with exception of the 3 glasses and the brass pendulum bob.  I am not positive but the small mirror on top may be a replacement.         the label is complete, original wood dial is exceptional.  I will say one thing for this collector his dials are way above average that we see in the old clocks.  The 30-hour wood movement is very clean and functioning and it strikes an iron bell.  The weights are a match and proper.  The mahogany veneered case is 33 inches tall, has very nice veneer all over, case is clean, polished.  It has an ivory escutcheon, door lock, and key.  The unusual top is original just not sure of the glass.  The other wood parts, chimneys, caps, and returns are good.  The think I like most about this clock are the columns, especially the carvings on top of the columns.  $200-$300.


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283.            $100

Putnam “Bailey” is believed to be the maker of this clock, ca 1830’s.  About half of the label is missing but enough is there to know that a “Terry” made part of it and a “Bailey” made and or sold it.  By researching thru Tom Spittler’s “Clockmakers and Watchmakers of America” book you will see that Putnam Bailey was the only Bailey who bought parts or clocks from a Terry, in this case believed to be Samuel Terry.  This column and splat case is 35 inches tall, black paint on the columns and splat, pretty nice mahogany veneer, escutcheon and lock in the door, no returns on top, and both glasses no doubt have been replaced.  The dial is weird.  Apparently a paper dial was glued to the board and varnished heavily to make it very dark.  Now is crinkled and peeling off.  Weights are old with new hooks.  It is what it is.  $100-$200.


280.            $200

“Boardman & Wells, Bristol, Conn.”  carved column and splat shelf clock, ca 1832.  The mahogany veneered case is 32 inches tall, is complete but very dirty.  This is the only clock in this 200 clock wood movement/weight collection that has not been cleaned just a little bit.  You may find a small chip on a carved piece of an edge nick on the case somewhere but basically it is a good solid clock, just dirty.  The door has a key lock and metal escutcheon, original upper glass, but probably a replaced mirror in the bottom.  The label is not as good as the previous clocks I have written about, but  it is sure better than a lot of clocks we see.  The wood dial is very good, hands are period, pair of iron weighs, coil gong, brass pendulum bob, and the wood movement.  It is strung, but bear in mind I do not hang weight on a wood movement until they are checked out.  $250-$400.