Miniature stencil column and splat shelf clock. Made by Treat & Bishop for George Mitchell.

This short case transitional shelf clock was made by the firm Treat & Bishop for George Mitchell of Bristol, Connecticut circa 1831- 1833. This is a diminutive size measuring approximately 21 inches tall, 11.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. It is in excellent original condition.

This rare column and cornice case is constructed in mahogany and retains an older finish. The case sits flat to the table or mantel, never having feet. The front of the case doubles as a door that is hinged on the left. It is held closed by a hook and eye arrangement on the right side about half way up. The outer edges of this door are fitted with half columns. They are nicely turned and shaped. They are painted black and retain their original stenciled decoration. The door is visually divided in to two sections. The lower section is fitted with a colorfully painted tablet. This tablet has experienced some areas of losses to the paint scene. The colors used in the design are excellent. The upper section is glazed. This door opens to allow one access to the weight, pendulum, dial and Clockmaker’s label. The dial is painted on wood and measures 9.5 inches wide and 9 inches tall. The dial is decorated with fancy gilt spandrels and an inner ring. The hours are displayed in Roman style numerals. Behind the dial is a wooden geared movement. It is a timepiece. It is weight driven. The Clockmaker’s label is pasted to the backboard. It reads, “IMPROVED / TIME PIECE, / MANUFACTURED / BY / TREAT & BISHOP, / FOR / GEORGE MITCHELL, / BRISTOL, CONN.” This label is in excellent original condition. The top of the case is surmounted with a crest. This crest is original to this clock. Two mahogany chimneys supports this crest or painted splat. The splat retains much of its original decoration.

The firm Treat & Bishop was comprised of Sherman Treat and Daniel F. Bishop. They worked together in 1831 through 1833. Their shop was located in Bristol, Conn. They made wooden geared clocks for the financier George Mitchell.

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