Ephraim Downes for George Mitchell of Bristol, Connecticut. Circa 1830

This is a wonderful transitional shelf clock with pasted made by Ephraim Downes for George Mitchell of Bristol, Connecticut circa 1825.

This transitional shelf clock has a traditional thirty hour time & strike wooden works movement. The original pasted label remains on the backboard. It is in fair original condition. The wooden dial is decorated with raised gesso and gilt designs. The time ring is formatted with Roman numerals. Nicely turned columns that feature stencil decoration flank the sides of the case. The upper splat is also stenciled and features an American eagle with its wings outstretched. It sits atop the world. Cannons and other weapons are also depicted in this location. All of this stencil design appears to be in wonderful original condition. The reverse painted tablet is in excellent original condition and is original to this clock. The scene depicts a large building that sits on top of a hill. The boarder does has some small areas of loss. This clock stands on its original carved paw feet. It stands 28.5 inches tall and was made circa 1830.

This clock is inventory number NN-40.

About Ephraim Downs of Waterbury, Plymouth and Bristol, Connecticut. Also Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ephraim Downs was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts on December 20, 1787 and died in Bristol, Connecticut on December 8, 1860. He was the son of David and Mary Chatterton Downs and had a brother Anson who was a Carpenter.

Ephraim becomes in the Connecticut clock industry making wooden geared tall clock movements as early as 1811 in the town of Waterbury. He is making movements for Lemuel Harrison & Co and then later Clark, Cook & Co. In the month of April 1815, he travels to Cincinnati, Ohio and works for Read & Watson and then others. He returned to Connecticut about 1816 to Plymouth, CT. He later works with Silas Hoadley, Eli Terry and Seth Thomas. In 1822 he married Chloe Painter thus becoming the brother in law of Silas Hoadley. He is in business with himself in 1823 and then With George Mitchell in Bristol, CT in 1825. Ephraim became very successful.

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