Seth Thomas Banner Lever - 1879. 8-day time only. 218128

This is a nice clean example of a "Lever" clock made by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut circa 1885.

The case is brass. It has been recently polished and looks wonderful. This case is nicely shaped and is designed to step back to the wall. A distance of approximately 3.5 inches. The the outer most surface, the dial bezel, measures 7.5 inches in diameter. The case gets wider with each of the three steps to a diameter of 10.75 inches against the wall. Each of the three graduated steps transitions to the next with a cove molding. The dial bezel is fitted with a piece of clear glass. This helps protect the dial. The dial is paper and is applied to a pan. It is original to this clock and is in very good condition. The displays the minutes on the outer ring. Roman style hour numerals are use to indicate each hour. A subsidiary seconds dial is located below the hour numeral XII. This dial also displays the Maker’s name, "Seth Thomas" and their trademark. The double wind time only movement is brass construction and is die-stamped by the Maker on the front plate. It is powered by two coil springs. Fully wound and it is designed to run run eight full days. The movement design features a lever escapement. The use of a balance wheel allow the clock overcome the event of being moved or vibrated. A clock that is fitted with a pendulum needs to be stable. This means that clocks like this one are ideal for use on boats and also in motorhomes and campers. (Can you imagine the reaction you would get if you had this clock in your vehicle?) The Maker's label is pasted onto the wooden backboard of the clock. It is quite large extending from one edge to the other. This label is in very good condition. It lists the place location of manufacture as Thomaston, Conn.

This clock was made circa 1885 and measures 10.75 inches across the back. Two tabs are provided for mounting. One at the top and one at the bottom of the case in order to stabilize it.

This clock is inventory number 218128.

About Seth Thomas of Plymouth and later Thomaston, Connecticut.

Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut, in 1785. He was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner, and worked building houses and barns. He started in the clock business in 1807, working for clockmaker Eli Terry. Thomas formed a clock-making partnership in Plymouth, Connecticut with Eli Terry and Silas Hoadley as Terry, Thomas & Hoadley.

In 1810, he bought Terry’s clock business, making tall clocks with wooden movements, though chose to sell his partnership in 1812, moving in 1813 to Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut, where he set up a factory to make metal-movement clocks. In 1817, he added shelf and mantel clocks. By the mid-1840s, he changed over to brass from wooden movements. He made the clock that is used in Fireman’s Hall. He died in 1859, whereupon the company was taken over by his son, Aaron, who added many styles and improvements after his father’s death. The company went out of business in the 1980s.


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