Silas Hoadley Miniature Time & Alarm Clock. Mantel clock. -SOLD-
This is a rare miniature time and alarm clock made by Silas Hoadley of Plymouth, Connecticut. This clock is in fine condition. The case is mahogany and measures 26” tall. It stands feet. The front two are nicely carved in the form of an animals paws. The two back feet are turned. Fully turn columns flank the sides of the case. They are gilt decorated as is the splat at the top of the case. The decoration is in excellent original condition. The mirror in the lower section of the door appears to be period. It may be an old replacement. This door opens the length of the case to allow access to the movement dial and pendulum. The wooden dial is colorfully painted featuring florals in the spandrel or corners areas. The “Upside down” wooden works movement is a thirty hour time and alarm design. The weight driven alarm is set by moving the third hand to the desired hour. The Makers label is pasted on to the backboard and is in excellent condition. This clock was made circa 1830.
About Silas Hoadley of Plymouth, Connecticut.
Silas Hoadley was born in 1786 and died in Plymouth, CT in 1870. He first apprenticed to his uncle Samuel and was making clocks in 1808. Along with Seth Thomas, he was hired by Eli Terry at the age of 21 to set up and work at Terry’s Ireland factory. Shortly after Terry’s Porter Contract was satisfied he and Seth Thomas bought the factory from Terry and then eventually purchased Thomas’s shares of the business. Silas Hoadley became known for using movements of his own design like the “Upside down” style used in his shelf clock. In1849 he retired a wealthy man.
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