A rare Seth Thomas Brass Ship’s clock, circa 1910-1913.
Case: Brass ship’s bell clock with the elongated bell atop the round dial case held in place with metal straps with tripartite decorative ends screwed to the brass canister clock case. this was meant to be hung on a wall in the boat cabin. There is a circular brass glazed bezel over the 6: dial. a paper label in in good to fair condition on the back of the case and indicates the movement is a one day marine lever movement. the clock rests in a wooden bracket at present.
Dial: Silvered brass dial with painted black Roman hour chapter, closed minutes to the outside, subsidiary seconds above the six, regulator control lever below the six, strike on and off lever at the three position, steel spade hands two winding apertures in the upper dial, and the dial signed ‘Seth Thomas’ above and ‘Made in USA’ at the bottom. Two keys (see pic) are included that I believe goes with this clock.
Movement: one day (30 hour) time and strike movement, powered by two steel springs with a marine lever (balance wheel) escapement instead of having a pendulum. The movement is placed upside down so that the strike hammer can strike the bell at the top of the case, therefore the placement of the winding holes in the upper dial instead of in the lower part of the dial. The movement is a skeletonized rectilinear brass plate with tubular pillars screwed at the back plate.
Notes: Seth Thomas Clock Company (early history). Seth Thomas (1785-1859) began life as a “joiner” of cases for Eli Terry in Plymouth Hollow, Ct., and helped to develop the mass-produced shelf clock made from interchangeable parts. He was not an innovator, rather he was a diligent worker who copied other clock-maker’s models, and did so very well. He began making wooden works clocks by about 1816 and switched to brass movements about 1845, later than most of his colleagues in the industry. All were weight driven until 1850, and then spring driven clocks were used primarily. Thomas organized the Seth Thomas Clock Company in 1853, and employed roughly 900 workers. After his death in 1859 the Seth Thomas Company continued on under the direction of his two sons. In 1865 the town of Plymouth, where Seth Thomas had labored for almost half a century, was renamed Thomaston in his honor. The company flourished and developed all sorts of new clocks.
Out of stock
Measurements: 11” H x 3” D x 15.25” L
Condition Report: Overall good condition for its age and considered functional. The label is legible and in fair to good condition. Some wear to dial with some of the numerals missing bits of their black paint Nice patina to the brass case. Oxidation to the edges of the silvered dial.
|Dimensions||14 x 14 x 14 in|