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N. Pomeroy Clock. (Bristol Conn). Eight day shelf clock. 1880’s.

This is a N. Pomeroy Clock, a nice example of a late 19th century American shelf clock out of Bristol, Connecticut.

N. Pomeroy Clock

N. Pomeroy (Bristol Conn) Eight day Shelf Clock. 1880’s.

I don’t know much about this manufacturer, I haven’t seen any other N. Pomeroy clocks at auction.

American Clock and Watch Museum

A mecca for American clock enthusiasts, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of the American Clock and Watch Museum. Clock museums, obviously, are one of our favorite destinations, but this one is a particular treasure, but more particularly of note, he museum has a vast archive and can help you determine the origin of your favorite vintage or antique clock.

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Waterbury shelf clock. 1880’s.

This is a small Waterbury shelf clock that runs with an 8 day time and strike movement.

Waterbury shelf clock

Waterbury Mantel clock

This clock will require some bushing work on a couple of elongated pivot holes. A task I will get around to one day.

Rating Adjustment

This clock has a rating adjustment that can be adjusted from a small keyhole at the top of the face. The pendulum is obviously not the original one because it, too, has a rating adjustment screw that is redundant in a clock such as this.

This is an American clock, yet another Connecticut company from the nineteenth century.

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Seth Thomas Shelf clock. Eight Day. 1890’s

This is a Seth Thomas Shelf clock. It runs for eight days, is chime and strike, and dates from the 1890s.

Seth Thomas Shelf clock

Seth Thomas Eight Day Shelf clock 1890’s

In most cases, this would be considered a mantel clock. The term ‘shelf clock’ is not commonly used, often associated with early nineteenth century American clocks from New England. However, I tend to refer to clocks with a more vertical nature as shelf clocks to distinguish them from the traditional parabolic mantel clocks. And I dislike the term ‘table clock.’

American clocks are rare in our collection, but any respectable clock collector in the United States is going to have a Seth Thomas or two. The Seth Thomas company innovated the mass production of clocks in the nineteenth century. However, Seth Thomas clocks were well built and maintain a quality and reliability above the average mass produced American clock dating from the same era.

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