Silas Hoadley Miniature Time & Alarm Clock. Shelf / Mantel clock. Wall clock.
This is rare miniature time and alarm clock made by Silas Hoadley of Plymouth, Connecticut. This example is in very good original condition.
The case is veneered in mahogany and measures approximately 21 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 4 inches deep. The outside framing is cross banded. The next section is canted outward towards the room. This is an unusual design and gives this clock a very unusual presence. The traditional design for this box form is to have the case fall inwards towards the door and its decoration. This example builds the door out. The door is visually divided into to sections. The lower section is fitted with a traditional painted scene. The decoration is painted from the back of the glass and the colors are excellent. This view has experience some areas of loss. They are not significant. The upper section of the door is fitted with clear glass in order to view the dial. The door opens to allow access to the dial, hands, weights and pendulum. The wooden dial is nicely painted featuring boldly formed Arabic hour numerals around the time ring. Please not the third hand that is used to set the alarm. The “Upside down” wooden geared movement is a thirty hour time and alarm design. Both trains are weight driven. The alarm strikes on a cast iron bell which is mounted inside the case. The alarm is set by winding the alarm train and then moving the third hand on the dial to the desired hour. The Makers label, which includes setup instructions, is pasted on to the backboard. This is in fine original condition. This clock was made circa 1830.
The simplistic case form permits one to proudly display this model as a shelf or as a wall clock. Your choice.
About Silas Hoadley of Plymouth, Connecticut.
Silas Hoadley was born in 1786 and died in Plymouth, CT in 1870. He first apprenticed to his uncle Samuel and was making clocks in 1808. Along with Seth Thomas, he was hired by Eli Terry at the age of 21 to set up and work at Terry’s Ireland factory. Shortly after Terry’s Porter Contract was satisfied he and Seth Thomas bought the factory from Terry and then eventually purchased Thomas’s shares of the business. Silas Hoadley became known for using movements of his own design like the “Upside down” style used in his shelf clock. In1849 he retired a wealthy man.
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