Seth Thomas. Plymouth, Connecticut

This is a very good example of a Pillar & Scroll shelf clock with pasted label “Made and sold by Seth Thomas, Plymouth, Conn.”

This clock is very good original condition. The woodwork, consisting of the feet, horns, scroll work and returns are all original to this clock. Even the finish appears to be original and untouched. It is stable and consistent and has slightly darkened with age. Inside the case is the Clockmaker’s label. This has experienced very little abuse and is in wonderful condition. The wooden geared thirty hour movement is weight driven and is in good working order. The three brass finials are appropriate replacements. The wooden dial is colorfully painted. This dial features gilt decorated spandrels, Arabic numerals. The center of this dial is decorated with a painted theme. Two well developed bee scups are set amongst a bouquet of flowers. The reverse painted tablet is original to this clock. It does have some areas of loss. These areas can be easily restored if one wished. The scene depicts a Connecticut view. The boarder pattern is excellent. This clock was made circa 1825 and stands approximately 30.5 inches tall. This is a very attractive example.

Inventory number 28154.

About Seth Thomas of Plymouth and later Thomaston, Connecticut.

Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut, in 1785. He was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner, and worked building houses and barns. He started in the clock business in 1807, working for clockmaker Eli Terry. Thomas formed a clock-making partnership in Plymouth, Connecticut with Eli Terry and Silas Hoadley as Terry, Thomas & Hoadley.

In 1810, he bought Terry’s clock business, making tall clocks with wooden movements, though chose to sell his partnership in 1812, moving in 1813 to Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut, where he set up a factory to make metal-movement clocks. In 1817, he added shelf and mantel clocks. By the mid-1840s, he changed over to brass from wooden movements. He made the clock that is used in Fireman’s Hall. He died in 1859, whereupon the company was taken over by his son, Aaron, who added many styles and improvements after his father’s death. The company went out of business in the 1980s.


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