“John Hunt / Plainville, Farmington, Ct”, OG mantel clock, ca 1830. Little is known about this rare clockmaker. One quote about him is that he made a wood movement carved shelf clock and that around 1840 he was in a partnership with Colgrove. To be so old the 26-inch-high mahogany veneered case is excellent. I see a veneer repair on the base and a stain or water mark on the top left side. Not a big deal. The one day weight driven movement is not signed, wood dial is excellent, hands pendulum and weights are correct, and glasses are original. Inside is a very good label. $75-$150.
“Manufactured by Atkins & Downs For George Mitchell, Bristol, Ct.”, wood movement column and splat cased clock, ca 1820-1832. He made his own cases and bought wood movements from Atkins & Downs and others. This 34-inch mahogany veneered case has had a couple of veneer repairs and one small piece missing on the base, back left corner. Both glasses are replacements, stenciling is excellent, no escutcheon but there is a lock. Good old square weights, wood dial and hands. Inside also is an iron bell and a good label. The movement is strung and I know this collector had it running but I did not test for running. $200-$350.
“Seth Thomas / Thomaston, Conn.”, empire style shelf clock, “Column”, ca 1860. Mahogany veneered case is 32 ½” tall, about as nice as we ever get, a few rough spots on top and bottom boards, and a few old repairs or chips glued back in place. Gilt on capitals and bases of the columns, original gold is dull, a small chip or two present. Very nice original painted glasses, identical to glasses pictured in Ly-Seth Thomas. Complete paper label inside, brass bob, winding crank, and a pair of old iron weights. 150-year-old zinc dial is remarkable for its age and repainted at some time, old hands, and the original 8-day brass lyre movement. It is signed, clean, running, and striking the wire gong on the hours. We know there are better ST Empire style clocks out there in collections, but we just rarely get them any more original than this one. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 512-516. $200-$400.
Column and splat, 30-hour wood movement shelf clock, ca 1830’s. Nice 28-inch-high mahogany veneered case, very good stenciling on the columns, none on the splat, four turned feet underneath. The door latches on the right side, both glasses are old, top has original putty, bottom glass rebacked with black paint covering paint loss at some time. It could be a replaced glass but it is old. No label or other identifying marks. There are a pair of old iron weights, pendulum, iron bell, very nice wood dial and old hands. Perhaps you cog counters can figure who made the movement. $150-$250.
“Birge & Fuller / Bristol, Conn / U.S.A.”, empire cased clock, ca 1843. These two men were in business together until the death of Fuller in 1848. This clock has their revised 8-day strap brass movement without the side extension. The large 34” high mahogany veneered case has large columns and a cornice, generally very good veneer all over, however you may find a good veneer repair and a chip on the bottom board, and the usual corner nicks. Considering its age, the veneer is very good. I don’t know how to explain the bottom door and glass. The way the curtain ? is installed and the age of the backing, and not knowing any better I could almost call it original. The top glass and the mirror are both very old and could be original. There is a complete paper label on the backboard. The wood dial has held up well, it has old hands, two original door latches bottom only partly there, a pair of large period iron weights, and a period pendulum bob. $300-$500.
Seth Thomas miniature clock called “O G Kitchen”, ca 1863. Slightly different from what we confuse with an OG. It is flat around the outside edge of the case, and the door. Veneered section between the flats angle inward toward the door. This clock is an untouched and completely original 30-hour early model. The mahogany veneered case is 17” high and very nice except for some hauling scrapes on one side. Original reverse painted tablet has very few paint flakes, original top glass, and dial and ST hands. The dial has what is normal for ST dials, some flaking. This rare model is time and strike. It strikes a coil gong. The movement is running. Complete label inside with a Thomaston address. A nice all original clock. Ly-Seth Thomas, pages 651. $75-$150.
“Daniel Pratt, Jr. / Reading, Mass. / 1838”, I would assume that is the year it was made since it is printed on the complete inside label. The wood dial is excellent, has a correct pair of old hands, 30-hour wood movement, and a pair of weights but not a match. The top glass is held with original putty, while the bottom glass is a replacement. There is an old coil gong to strike the hours, and an ornate brass bob that is correct. Mahogany veneered case is 33 inches tall, has full columns on the bottom, half columns on the top and cornice top. Both doors have brass escutcheons and locks. Case is clean, the veneer is extra nice and in very good overall condition. $200-$350.
“Jerome & Co., New Haven, Conn.”, 30-hour OG clock, ca 1850. The “Jerome & Co.” clock sales became a little fuzzy during the 1850’s and 1860’s. With Jerome’s bankruptcy, the New Haven Clock Co. took over the operations and supplied clocks for the English market using the Jerome & Co. name. The label in this clock says, “AMERICAN CLOCKS / Manufactured By / Jerome & Co. –etc.”. That should tell you this clock was made for the English market. This rosewood veneered case is 26” tall, has some chips and scratches on the edges. The top glass is old but the bottom glass is a replacement. The painted metal dial is new, weights are period, brass pendulum bob, and a coil gong. The 30-hour brass movement is signed, “S. Thomas, Plymouth, Conn.”. That is a surprise, did not know until I got to the end of this writeup. The movement and weights are worth more than the clock. $75-$150.