Antiques & The Arts

Antique Clocks: Early American Clockmakers : Early American Clockmakers: Connecticut Wooden Works

This early, Connecticut wooden works clock
also has stenciling on it, and you can see there that we could have used this to talk
about stenciling, but I have this up here for another reason. There were literally hundreds
of clock makers soon after the time of Eli Terry and Seth Thomas. It was the type of
business that you could get into relatively inexpensively, and clock makers started to
turn out these wooden works movements, started to turn out cases, and, in…almost always
they would have these labels printed up which had their name in there and told you how great
a clock it was. So, this also makes it nice and easy for clock collectors, because, pretty
much, these types of clocks, if you open them up, you’re going to find out who made the
clock and what they thought about it. I mentioned that we’d be talking about books a lot. Another
excellent book for this subject, Early Amer…American Clocks, American Clock Makers and Watch Makers,
this book is just full of list after list of makers from all periods. But you certainly
could find makers of…these…from this time period in here, with whatever information
is known about when they worked, where they worked, how long they were in business. Some
of the other names from that period, which you might see if you open up one of these
clocks at a clock auction or dealer shop: Mark Leavenworth, Silas Hoadley, Chauncey
Ives, Effriam Downs, Olcott Cheney, Rodney Brace, Augustus….let’s see…Augustus Alfred,
Spencer and Hotchkiss. All kinds of names that sound like they should’ve been working
in that era on clocks, and they were.

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