Ephraim Downs of Bristol, CT circa 1830

This is a very nice example of a half stenciled column and splat mantel clock. It represents a transition in case style away from the very popular pillar & scroll.

This mahogany case retains its original finish. The columns and splat feature their original stencil and smoke decorations which are in excellent original condition. The colorfully painted tablet in the lower section of the door is original to this example. It is a combination of an applied transfer to the back of the glass that is then enhanced with hand painted coloring. The woman having a pleasing smile and a fancy hair style is wonderfully dressed. This portrait is titled, “Henrietta”“ in the lower banner. The wooden dial is also in excellent condition. The wooden works 30 hour weight driven movement is a time, strike and alarm design and is in good working order. The Makers label is pasted onto the inside of the backboard. It is in very good overall condition.

Dimensions: 31.5 inches tall, 16.5 inches wide and 4.75 inches deep.

This clock is inventory number QQ-50.

About Ephraim Downs of Waterbury, Plymouth and Bristol, Connecticut. Also Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ephraim Downs was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts on December 20, 1787 and died in Bristol, Connecticut on December 8, 1860. He was the son of David and Mary Chatterton Downs and had a brother Anson who was a Carpenter.

Ephraim becomes in the Connecticut clock industry making wooden geared tall clock movements as early as 1811 in the town of Waterbury. He is making movements for Lemuel Harrison & Co and then later Clark, Cook & Co. In the month of April 1815, he travels to Cincinnati, Ohio and works for Read & Watson and then others. He returned to Connecticut about 1816 to Plymouth, CT. He later works with Silas Hoadley, Eli Terry and Seth Thomas. In 1822 he married Chloe Painter thus becoming the brother in law of Silas Hoadley. He is in business with himself in 1823 and then With George Mitchell in Bristol, CT in 1825. Ephraim became very successful.


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