Chauncey Jerome, Bristol, Connecticut. A Miniature Pillar & Scroll Shelf Clock made circa 1830. ZZ-66.

This miniature Pillar & Scroll shelf clock was made by Chauncey Jerome of Bristol, Connecticut. This is a difficult model to find due to the seemly small numbers of clocks produced. This is based on the very limited opportunity to purchase such an example.

This miniature formatted case measures approximately 24.5 inches tall, 13 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. If one compares these dimensions to the more standard or commonly found size of 31.5 inches tall and 17.5 inches wide, you would see that it is quite a bit smaller in scale. Yet, the proportions of this clock are excellent.

This case is constructed in mahogany and mahogany veneers are applied over white pine secondary wood. It retains its original finish. The decorative turned feet and horns are original to this example. The single door is composed of two sections. The lower half features a reverse painted tablet that depicts a traditional theme for this shelf clock form and period. This tablet is original to this clock and has some very minor areas of loss.

The wooden dial measures 8.35 inches tall by 9.5 inches wide. It is paint decorated with gilt scroll work. The hour numerals are indicated in Roman style numerals.

The wooden geared movement is weight driven and designed to run 30 hours on a full wind. It is a time only design and is weight driven. The weight is suspended from the top of the case by a directional pulley. The movement is in excellent working order. It is interesting to note that this is a miniature movement and would not fit in a standard sized model of a transitional shelf clock. The oak plates are solid and the train features five arbors.

Pasted onto the backboard inside the case is a Maker’s label. This label was printed by Norton & Russell, Printers, Hartford. This is in very nice condition.

This rare clock was made circa 1830.

This very clock is pictured in, “Pillar & Scroll,” printed by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. By the National Watch and Clock Museum. On exhibit 11/2006 to 5/2007.

This clock is inventory Number ZZ-66.

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