Mahogany Pillar & Scroll Clock made by Silas Hoadley, Plymouth, Connecticut. 220017

This clock is a good example. The case is mahogany and exhibits good graining and an older surface. The case stands on four delicate feet. The top of the case is fitted with a arched fret pattern. The three finials are brass. The reverse painted tablet is in good original condition. The scene is typical for the form. The wooden dial is paint decorated. The wooden works 30 hour weight driven movement is a time and strike design and is in good condition. It strikes each hour on a bell mounted inside the case. The Maker’s label is pasted onto the inside of the backboard stating, “IMPROVED / CLOCKS, / Arranged and Manufactured by / SILAS HOADLEY, / PLYMOUTH, (CONN.) / With the improvement of bushing the pivots / with Ivory.” This label is in good overall condition.

This is a classic New England clock. It is designed to fit on the colonial mantle piece of the period. It measures approximately 31 inches tall, 17.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep. This example was made circa 1825.


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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