180.               $200

Seth Thomas 30-hour patent shelf clock,ca. 1835.  Here the style of the “Patent clock” changed from the ‘looking glass’ style (#179) to a more modern style, with the door opening on the left (right-side hinges) and mounted inside the bronzed half-columns, making the clock more stable when the door was open.  And of course, a reverse-painted tablet replaced the mirror.  The case is 34.5 inches tall with good veneer and still-clear bronzing on the half-columns and splat (note that the eagle’s left wing has been repaired).  The dial glass is old, the lower glass original with the original tablet, with modest losses.  The wooden dial is clean and colorful but has some losses around the winding arbors and mainstem.  The hands are period.  The 30-hour time-and-strike wooden movement is running and striking on the large iron bell, driven by two period 30-hour weights and regulated by a period pendulum.  There is a good label, a winding crank, and wooden dust covers on top.  $200-$350. 


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Antique American Clocks                           July 2022

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