Seth Thomas "Litchfield." Wall clock. 30-day time only.

This is a a very difficult model to find. It is cataloged as the “Litchfield” an was made by the Seth Thomas Clock Company as early as 1909. The case wood is mahogany and retains an older finish that has been waxed over. The movement is a double spring time only design. It is designed to run thirty days on a full wind. The movement is brass and features a Graham Deadbeat Escapement and is secured to an iron bracket which which is mounted to the back of the case. The pendulum bob is brass and can be viewed through the glass door in the front of the case. The dial is painted on tin and measures 12 inches in diameter. This dial is original to this clock. It displays the Maker’s name, a Roman numeral time ring and a seconds bit. Both glasses are trimmed with a gold leaf boarder. This clock was made circa 1909 and measures 31 inches long.

Inventory number MM-132.

About Seth Thomas

Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut, in 1785. He was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner, and worked building houses and barns. He started in the clock business in 1807, working for clockmaker Eli Terry. Thomas formed a clock-making partnership in Plymouth, Connecticut with Eli Terry and Silas Hoadley as Terry, Thomas & Hoadley.

In 1810, he bought Terry’s clock business, making tall clocks with wooden movements, though chose to sell his partnership in 1812, moving in 1813 to Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut, where he set up a factory to make metal-movement clocks. In 1817, he added shelf and mantel clocks. By the mid-1840s, he changed over to brass from wooden movements. He made the clock that is used in Fireman’s Hall. He died in 1859, whereupon the company was taken over by his son, Aaron, who added many styles and improvements after his father’s death. The company went out of business in the 1980s.

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