Hugh Kearney & Co., Pillar & Scroll mantel or shelf clock made in Wolcottville, Conn.

This is a fine pillar and scroll clock made by Hugh Kearney & Co., in Wolcott-Ville, Connecticut circa 1825.

Hugh Kearney is listed in Clockmakers & Watchmakers of America By Name & By Place. This book was written by Sonya and Thomas Spittler and Chris Bailey. Hugh is reportred to have been born about 1800. He was a resident of Torrington and married Amanda Marks there in 1822. Hugh was at work in Wolocottville in 1830-1835. Here made Pillar & Scroll type shelf clocks that featured Bishop & Bradley type wooden geared movements.

This is a very good example. The case is mahogany and retains an original finish. The finish is wonderful and features a slightly crazed surface. The feet, frets and finials are original to the clock. The finials are brass and are an excellent form. The reverse painted tablet is also original to this example. It exhibits excellent colors and very little paint loss. The majority of the paint loss is limited to the sky. The dial is nicely painted on wood and is in excellent original condition. The wooden works 30 hour weight driven movement is a time and strike design. It strikes each hour on a bell mounted inside the case. The Maker’s label is pasted onto the inside of the backboard. It is in good overall condition and reads, “IMPROVED CLOCKS, / MADE AND SOLD BY / HUGH KEARNEY & CO. / Wolcott-Ville, Conn. / (WARRANTED, IF WELL USED.)

This is a classic New England clock. It is designed to fit on the colonial mantle piece of the period. It measures approximately 28 inches tall, 17.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep. This example (inventory number 218143) was made circa 1830.


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