“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.