Seth Thomas 12 Inch Drop Octagon. School clock. Wall clock.
This "Drop Octagon Twelve Inch" was made by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut. These clocks a commonly called "School House" clocks because they were often used in school rooms across this country. The Seth Thomas version of this clock is, in my opinion, the model by which all others are judged.
This is a nice clean example of an oak cased school clock. The time only movement features brass plates that are formed in the shape of a trapazoide. The front plate is die stamped with the Maker's trademark and the number "123D." This movement is spring wound being fitted with a Geneva Stop winding mechanism and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The pendulum bob is brass and can be viewed through the glass door in the front of the case. The dial measures 12 inches in diameter and is painted on tin. It features large Arabic style hour numerals and the Maker's name in block lettering.
This oak cased clock was made circa 1910. This clock measures approximately measures 23.5 inches long.
It is inventory number 214147.
About Seth Thomas
Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut, in 1785. He was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner, and worked building houses and barns. He started in the clock business in 1807, working for clockmaker Eli Terry. Thomas formed a clock-making partnership in Plymouth, Connecticut with Eli Terry and Silas Hoadley as Terry, Thomas & Hoadley.
In 1810, he bought Terry’s clock business, making tall clocks with wooden movements, though chose to sell his partnership in 1812, moving in 1813 to Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut, where he set up a factory to make metal-movement clocks. In 1817, he added shelf and mantel clocks. By the mid-1840s, he changed over to brass from wooden movements. He made the clock that is used in Fireman’s Hall. He died in 1859, whereupon the company was taken over by his son, Aaron, who added many styles and improvements after his father’s death. The company went out of business in the 1980s.
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