Dating a seth thomas clock
The New Haven Clock Company traces its roots back to the first brass clocks and was founded in 1850 as a result of the business failures of Chauncey Jerome. New Haven Black Mantle clock, circa 1900 This is a very nice original condition clock also made by New Haven Clock Co, and thus bears some similarities to the clock pictured above.
However, like most mantle clocks, this one features regulation from the front, and short pendulum mounted to the back of the movement.
The case has had a coating of reddish-brown varnish applied very sloppy.
A few pieces of veneer are missing, but nothing major. You can see a bull's-eye or bubble in the lower right corner of the tablet.
In the early 1860s , the Seth Thomas clock company began production of the number 2 regulator.
the number 2 model was produced, with very few changes, until 1950 and thus is probably the longest produced single model in clock manufacturing history.
A website on Jerome clocks identifies the movement as a type 1.211.
These are numbers given by collectors to identify variations in the movements, and would not have been used by the manufacturer. Remarkably, much of the label is intact and readable.
By the mid 1850's Jerome had lost his company and his factories were taken over by the newly formed New Haven Clock Company in 1853.
Most of the mechanical features of American clock movements were found in the Jerome weight driven movements: lantern pinions, countwheel strike, bent-wire levers, center arbor driven by the train and not part of it.
The tablet has a lot of paint loss, and the dial is very worn.
Clock counts the hours on a coil gong, and sound a single note on a bell at the half.
Third picture shows the case after I found some original Sessions feet and some repro lions for the sides.