Silas Hoadley. Plymouth, Connecticut. A miniature time & alarm shelf clock with a wooden geared movement. ZZ58

This fine miniature time and alarm clock made by Silas Hoadley of Plymouth, Connecticut. This example is in excellent condition. The case is veneered in mahogany. The modern finish highlights the sweeping patterns exhibited in the grain of the wood. The case measures approximately 26 inches tall. It is 13.25 inches wide and 4.25 inches deep. It is designed to fit on most colonial era mantels. The case stands four feet. This is a somewhat unusual example in that the feet and the adjoining apron are constructed in the form that one expects to find on a pillar & scroll clock. This model is usually found with two carved animal paw feet in the front and two turned feet at the back. This example, with the pillar & scroll form is clean and neat. They are original to this clock. Fully turn columns flank the sides of the case. Quarter columns are fitted at the back corners. The columns are decorated with gilt paint. Bands of gilt can be found at the top and bottom of the columns. The have the appearance of capitals. Stenciled floral decorations are applied over the black background. These are in excellent original condition. The splat located at the top of the case features an excellent section of grain mahogany. This is presented in a horizontal format. It is support by capped plinths on each side. These were never fitted with finials. There is a mercurial mirror in the lower section of the door which is original to this clock and is in excellent condition. This door opens the length of the case to allow access to the dial, hands, movement, weights, pendulum and Clockmaker’s label. The wooden dial is colorfully painted featuring florals in the spandrel or four corners areas. The “Upside down” wooden works movement is a 30-hour time and alarm design. The weight driven alarm is set by moving the third hand to the desired hour. The alarm is struck on a cast iron bell that is mounted onto the backboard. The weights are supported by cords that travel the length of the case and are directed by pullies. The Maker’s label is pasted on to the backboard and is in excellent condition.

This clock was made circa 1830.


About Silas Hoadley of Plymouth, Connecticut.

Silas Hoadley was born in 1786 and died in Plymouth, CT in 1870. He first apprenticed to his uncle Samuel and was making clocks in 1808. Along with Seth Thomas, he was hired by Eli Terry at the age of 21 to set up and work at Terry’s Ireland factory. Shortly after Terry’s Porter Contract was satisfied he and Seth Thomas bought the factory from Terry and then eventually purchased Thomas’s shares of the business. Silas Hoadley became known for using movements of his own design like the “Upside down” style used in his shelf clock. In1849 he retired a wealthy man.

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