Smith & Goodrich of Bristol, Connecticut. 30 hour fusee mantel clock.
This is a rare box clock made by Samuel B. Smith & Chauncey Goodrich of the firm Smith & Goodrich in Bristol, Connecticut. Both men worked with J. C. Brown until 1844. It is in this year that they formed their own company. By 1850 their firm was making approximately 15,000 clocks annually.
This very unusual clock stands approximately 16.75 inches tall, 9.75 inches wide at the base and 3.5 inches deep. The case is veneered in rosewood and retains an old finish. The finish is quite nice and stable. The front of this case is fitted with a large door that is divided into two sections. Both sections are decorated with colorful tablets. The upper section features decorated corners and a bold red ring that frames the dial aperture. The lower tablet is outstanding. The central theme is a colorful bird is perched in a fruit tree. This is framed with a border of crosshatching, stenciled florals and a blue matting. The crosshatching is opaque. The dial is original to the clock and is painted on tin. The time and strike fusee movement is brass and will run approximately thirty hours on a full wind. The Clockmakers label is pasted inside the clock and is in good condition. This clock was made circa 1845.
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