Turner's Patent 8-day alarm. Beehive Clock. Jerome & Company of New Haven, Connecticut. AAA-23

At first glance, this rare clock looks like most any other time, strike and alarm beehive clock. The difference is that this clock is constructed with “J. S. Turner’s Patent Eight Day Alarm.” When one opens the case door, it becomes evident that something is different.

This clock is unusual in that it has a movement configuration that was patented by Jonathan S. Turner on July 13, 1852. The patent number assigned is 9,123. This patented movement has also been found in steeple clocks as well as in a small oog case. An example of a small oog is currently in the museum collection in Bristol, Connecticut. Directions for its use are explained in the verbiage of the original label. This label remains pasted on to the back of the case. This unusual movement is designed to run eight-days and features an eight-day alarm. It does not strike on the hour. The alarm mechanism is placed where you would normally expect to find the strike train. This design allows the alarm to be wound once a week and features an automatic shut off which enables it not to run out each time it is engaged. Once set, this mechanism engages the alarm at the same time during each day of the week over the duration of an eight-day spring. In other words, the alarm sounds for a specific duration and the shuts off before the spring is exhausted. This is unlike most thirty hour alarms which must be wound with each use.

This case example is a beehive form. This patented movement has been found in steeple clocks as well as in a small OOG case. An example of the later is currently in the museum collection in Bristol, CT. The case is veneered in mahogany and has been refinished. The movement is constructed in brass and powered by coil springs. J. S. Turner’s label is applied to the back of the case. The Jerome label is pasted onto the backboard inside the case and is in good original condition. The cast iron bell is mounted to the backboard with a single screw. This clock retains its original painted dial and frosted decorated tablet

The eight of these Turner’s patent clocks have now come to our attention. This is a very fine example. The case measures approximately 18.75 inches tall, 10.25 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It was made circa 1855.



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