Litchfield Manufacturing Company of Litchfield, Connecticut. The "Paris" mantel clock. Jerome Manufacturing Company 30-hour movement. Botsford escapement.

This very decorative clock is set under a glass dome. This example is called the “Paris” model. The clock mechanism was made by the Jerome Manufacturing Co. in New Haven, Ct. It is categorized as a marine movement in that it does not require a pendulum. Instead, it features a Samuel N. Botsford designed lever escapement. This allows it to run in all positions, even upside down. This movement is mounted to the back of the clock holder which was made by the Litchfield Manufacturing Company in Litchfield, CT. This is made from papier-mâché and is considered a smaller example. The papier-mâché is painted or japanned in black and is colorfully decorated on the front side. Mother of pearl inlay is used as the bud of a flower. Greens, yellows and blue tints are used to compose the fauna. Gilt decorations and scroll work highlight the form. This decoration is striking on a black background. The dial is enamel and is formatted with Roman style hour figures. The hands are delicate. The clockmaker’s label is pasted to the back of the papier-mâché and is in very good condition. The papier-mâché is mounted to a wooden base that is decorated with gilt paint along the outer facing edge. This base is elevated off the mantel by three turned wooden feet. The Paris model was exhibited at the 1853 New York Exhibition in the Industry of all Nations building.

This clock was made circa 1850. It sits a mere 10.75 inches tall, 9.25 inches wide and almost 4 inches deep.


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