Chauncey Jerome of New Haven, Connecticut.
Chauncey Jerome was born in 1793 in Canaan, Connecticut the son of a blacksmith and a nail-maker. He has a storied history in the Connecticut clock industry, becoming one of our Nations giant employers and producers during his lifetime. His autobiography has been reprinted and is available to purchase at the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, CT. It is a worthy read.
This is an excellent example of a Jerome Mantel Clock. The case is constructed in rosewood and retains a very light or thin finish. This case sits up on a simple base. The front of this clocks opens as a door. It is hinged on the right. This door is decorated with moldings that from a rectangle and a six sided polygon. Both are trimmed on the inside with a gilt molding. The polygon frames the dial. It is fitted with glass which is painted decorated in black and gold and forms a mask for the dial. The rectangle below is also fitted with a painted decoration. Here colorful florals are depicted. This painted tablet is backed with wood. Here the Maker impressed a label the provides directions for running this clock. The two button located in the middle of the door are gutta-percha. The details displayed in these are pressed into the product. The back board is covered in its original paper that has a pattern that reminds me of wall paper. The tin dial is paper and original to this clock and is in excellent condition. The movement is brass and spring wound. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and strike each hour on a wire gong located inside the case. This clock is also fitted with an alarm. This is mounted inside the case.
This model measures approximately 16.5 inches tall, 11.5 inches wide and 4.75 inches deep. It was made circa 1875.
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