Seth Thomas. Plymouth, Connecticut. Model 2 Pillar & Scroll. TT-52.

This is a good example of a most attractive Pillar & Scroll shelf clock retaining the pasted label, “Patent Clocks, / Made and sold by / SETH THOMAS; / And warranted if well used.”

The mahogany case features a older finish. The light maple banding in the arch is a nice decorative touch. The feet, scroll work or horns and returns are all original to this clock. The both horns have succumb to shrinkage and have been broken. The good news is that the original tips have been re-glued in place. The case is surmounted with three period brass finials. The case features a large door that is divided into two sections. Both sections retain their original glass. The lower tablet has been professionally restored. The original scene has had some in-painting from the back. An opening in the scene is located to the right of center. Through this window, one can view the brass faced pendulum bob. The wooden dial is colorfully painted. It features raise gilt patterns in each of the four spandrel areas. Additional gilt work can be seen in the interior of the dial. This is also skillfully executed. The time ring feature Arabic style hour figures. The quarter hours are also marked on the interior of the minute ring In the center of this dial is a small painted rural scene. Above that is a subsidiary seconds dial. The wooden geared movement is weight driven and is designed to run thirty hours on a full wind. This clock strikes the hour on a cast iron bell that is mounted inside the case on the backboard. The back plate is solid, the front plate is described as open straps. This model features a count wheel. (The Model one was fitted with a rack and snail striking system.) The weights are replacements. The Clockmaker’s label is in very good original condition. It is pasted inside the case on to the backboard.

This fine clock was made circa 1818 and stands approximately 30.5 inches tall, 17.25 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. This is a very good example.


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