“Henry C. Smith / Plymouth, Conn.”, clockmaker of wooden movement shelf clocks 1833-1845. This 8-day wood movement clock is very clean inside with a complete paper label, double compounding weight movement, and a pair of replacement weights. The mahogany veneered case stands 35 ˝ inches tall and has very good veneer all over, but you will find a corner or edge nick especially on the base. Both glasses are replacements, door locks on both doors but no escutcheon on the bottom door. It has a big iron bell, pendulum, and winding crank. The old wood dial is excellent and has no problems, unless you don’t like shellac on it. I guess someone figured it would preserve the dial longer. This case has stenciled half columns top and bottom and stenciled splat on top. All the stenciling looks new, it is just too nice to be 180 years old. Unusual maker and a nice clock. $200-$350.
“JEROMEs & DARROW / Bristol, Conn.”, early 30-hour column and splat case wooden movement shelf clock, ca 1829. This style case was used with brass as well as wood movements, sometimes the panel in the center was glass with advertising or other designs. This large (large for a 30-hour) case is 33” high, and has nice two tone mahogany veneer woodwork. The chimneys, returns, and caps are in excellent condition and there is a board that completely covers the top, over the rollers. The veneer is clean, polished, and looks great. The glasses have been replaced. The door has no escutcheon, but does have a working lock. The label is complete and excellent. The 30-hour wood movement is complete, operational, has good weight cords, pulleys, etc. Included are a pair of old iron weights, brass pendulum bob, super wood dial, and a pair of period hands. “The Story of Chauncey Jerome”, NAWCC Bulletin Supplement #15, has considerable information and pictures of similar clocks and movements. $200-$350.
“C & N Jerome, Bristol. Conn.”, ca 1828. Gilded column, Empire style case, 30-hour wood movement clock, with long pendulum. Chauncey Jerome provided the cases, brother Nobel the movements. It has large turned wood feet, nice original gilt on the columns, carvings each side of the mirror, and a nice cornice top. The mahogany veneered case is 32” high. The two glasses are replacements, not sure if the mirrors are original. Door lock and escutcheon on the top door, neither on the bottom door. The inside of the case is very nice and clean and the label is complete. There is an excellent wood dial, old hands, pendulum bob, key, and pair of iron weights. The movement is complete and functioning properly. The veneer has two small chips, one lower back corner nick, otherwise the veneer looks very nice. All in all, a very nice early clock. $200-$350.
Seth Thomas Column, ca. 1870. Sometimes called the Column Porthole, this little 8-day clock is only 16 inches tall and fits on almost any shelf. A classic model, almost always seen as here with a mirror in the middle, black painted columns with gold leaf capitals and bases, and gold leaf trim around the glasses. The rosewood veneer is better than average, with just one missing piece on the right foot; the case could use a coat of wax. The glasses are old, including the mirror, the metal dial has been repainted, the hands are correct. The 8-day Seth Thomas lyre movement, signed from Plymouth, retains its winding stops and is running and striking on a wire gong as expected. There is a good Thomaston label inside. Nothing to complain about here, a popular clock from the late 1800’s. $100-$150.
Bloomer & Sperry “Rosewood and Mahogany Pillar Clock”, 1845-1846. Bloomer and Sperry sold clocks out of New York for just two years and there are only two clocks listed under them in the Antique Clocks Price Guide, both 4-column clocks like this one. The Fenn-style glass is the main attraction here, and the upper glass is probably also original. The paint on the black trim pieces, sides, and columns is certainly very old, and may be original as well. The veneer is mahogany in good shape, with two small strips missing across the front below the door. The metal dial is period but probably not original. The 30-hour time-and-strike, weight-driven movement is signed “Chauncey Jerome, New Haven” and is running and striking reliably. The thin weights are no doubt original, and there is a good paper label inside. It stands 26 inches tall. This particular collector was on a mission to collect as many maker labels as possible from the 1800’s, and so this clock represented a fairly rare example from this duo. We estimate $125-$175.
George Mitchell Bronze Looking Glass, ca. 1825-1832. Mitchell was in the clock business from 1821 to 1832, buying movements from Ephraim Downs and others, and employed Chauncey Jerome, the originator of the bronze looking glass clock in 1825. This clock, likely built by Jerome, is 35 inches high and 16.5 inches wide, with what would appear to be the original stenciling and finish, the original dial (with much wear), and the original upper glass. I suspect the mirror is a 1900’s replacement. There is a modest veneer chip on the back right side, otherwise it is all complete, and probably original. The 30-hr “groaner” movement is complete and I see no missing teeth, although I see one small repair on the great wheel. We can get the strike side to run and strike, but the time side only runs for a few minutes. Nonetheless, it does not jam, so probably will run with some attention. Square “groaner” weights are included. The bronze looking glass clock, the clock that introduced interchangeable parts manufacturing. $200-$300.