Bradley & Hubbard of Meriden, Connecticut. A winking lion shelf clock.

This can be a hard case form to find. The case is cast in iron and is done so in good detail. Under the base one can find the Maker’s name cast into the base in relief. It reads, “Bradley & Hubbard / PATENT / APPLIED FOR /1858.” Inside the figure is a small brass movement that was made by the Waterbury Clock Company of Waterbury, Connecticut. This time only design is spring powered and designed to run 30 hours on a wind. It is wound through the paper dial located at the front of the clock. The lion’s eyes blink with the motion of the escapement in the movement. The paper dial is original to this clock and is applied to a tin pan that is trimmed with a brass bezel. The dial measures approximately 2.5 inches in diameter. The outer brass bezel is fitted with glass. The lion sits approximately 8.5 inches tall. It is 10.5 inches wide and 6 inches deep at the base. This clock was made circa 1860.

About Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company of Meriden, Connecticut.

The Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company was located in Meriden, Connecticut. Today the Bradley & Hubbard firm is better known in most circles for making cast iron items such as figural doorstops and small banks. This clock represents a smaller market where they made figural clock cases and fit them internally with thirty hour movements. The eye openings where fitted with painted eyes that moved up and down with the motion of the balance. Hence the trade name or category, “Blinkers” or “Winkers.” The Bradley & Hubbard firm made a number of different case styles. Some of the more common examples or figures found in today’s marketplace include John Bull, The Continental and Topsy. Many of these case forms were colorfully paint decorated. Very few survive in great condition.

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