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Accession number 1998.70
Catalog Number 1998.70.3
Object Name Clock
Description Seth Thomas "Looking Glass" style mantel clock with wood works, 30 hour, and strike weights encased in a columnar style wooden box. The wooden columns on both sides and the wooden top have some vestiges of decorative painting still attached. The clock label on the interior reads "Patent Clocks invented by Eil Terry, Made and Sold by at Plymouth, Connecticut by Seth Thomas." Also on the interior, there is a stamp on the inner surface of the door. Black ink-style stamp/lettering is partially legible and reads 2000 Chestnut Street in VINCENNES, IN. Under the stamp, the legible letters "WN" are noticeable. This stamp is on the back of the looking glass and may not be original. Clock face is cream colored (lead based paint?) decoratively painted wood with flowers and vines in pinks and greens, and gold gilding/paint is included to outline the circle of numbers. The hands of the clock are intact and are made from a dark metal alloy. The clock face also holds two holes where keys would have wound the clock every 30 hours. The key used for winding the clock is still stored inside. The two weights inside are very heavy and most likely made from iron. The clockworks or movements are composed of wood. They are visible from the interior and are also visible on the exterior at the very top of the clock. The clock also has a hinge door that is composed of a wood frame with clear glass in the top portion, and a looking glass mirror in the bottom portion. The door is opened with a metal (probably brass) knob.
This clock was produced by Seth Thomas between 1817 and 1830. The original style was invented by Eil Terry, Seth Thomas' mentor. The Clockhistory.com's description of Seth Thomas clocks included that, in "1817 [he] began making the wooden movement shelf clock. These were cased in pillar and scroll cases until 1830, when the bronze looking glass and other styles became popular (http://clockhistory.com/sethThomas/company/index.html). This information fits with the wooden movement style of this particular clock, which is held in a column case and includes a looking glass mirror, as well as previous information obtained from the accession file that states the clock is "pre-1839." It is approximated that this clock was produced between 1830 -1839.
Artist Seth Thomas Company
Dimensions H-34.5 W-17.75 D-3.5 inches
Collection Wooden Objects
Imagefile 005\1998703.JPG