24.                   $2500

Lucius B Bradley pillar & scroll, 1823-1832.  Bradley worked with James Bishop in a village (Salem Bridge) near Watertown, CT.  They manufactured shelf clocks including pillar & scrolls with brass 8-day (Salem Bridge) movements, as found here, as well as clocks with 30-hour wooden movements, made in a separate shop.  Some labels show Bradley as the maker without Bishop (as found here) and others list both as the makers. The name shown on the dial is that of a prominent retailer, J W Cortelyou, in Morris-town, NJ. The clock stands 33 inches tall with the brass urn finials (on wooden posts) and an undamaged/unrepaired scroll top.  The mahogany veneer is complete and unrepaired, with an old finish and patina.  The feet and skirt look original.  Both glasses are likely original, but the putty on the tablet has been replaced or restored long ago.  The tablet of Mount Vernon is typical of Bradley and is shown on another Bradley clock in the Connecticut State Library Museum (Bulletin Supplement 13, 1980).  This example is very well preserved.  The painted iron dial is clean with just a few flakes at the upper right.  The three hands are period and typical for Bradley.  The brass 8-day, time and rack and snail strike movement is unsigned; it is running strongly and striking on an iron bell, driven by two 8-day compounded weights on pulleys.  There is a torn label behind plastic with enough of the name to confirm the maker.  Put simply, this is a fabulous example.  The most recent sale of a Bradley clock like this was in 2011 for $6500 at Bonhams Skinner.  $2500$4000.

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Antique American Clocks                     JULY 2024

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