Ephraim Downs of Bristol, CT circa 1830
This is a very nice example of a half stenciled column and splat mantel clock. It represents a transition in case style away from the very popular pillar & scroll.
This mahogany case retains its original finish. The columns and splat feature their original stencil and smoke decorations which are in excellent original condition. The colorfully painted tablet in the lower section of the door is original to this example. It is a combination of an applied transfer to the back of the glass that is then enhanced with hand painted coloring. The woman having a pleasing smile and a fancy hair style is wonderfully dressed. This portrait is titled, “Henrietta“" in the lower banner. The wooden dial is also in excellent condition. The wooden works 30 hour weight driven movement is a time, strike and alarm design and is in good working order. The Makers label is pasted onto the inside of the backboard. It is in very good overall condition.
Dimensions: 31.5 inches tall, 16.5 inches wide and 4.75 inches deep.
This clock is inventory number QQ-50.
About Ephraim Downs in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
Ephraim Downs was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts Dec. 20, 1787. He was the son of David and Mary Chatterton Downs. He married Chloe Painter in 1822 and became the brother in law of Silas Hoadley and Butler Dunbar. Both of whom where in the clock business. Ephraim spent the period of 1825 through 1845 in Bristol with George Mitchell. Here they made tall clock movements, Pillar & Scroll cases and many wood movement shelf clocks. In 1842 he retired due to poor health and died in 1860. Throughout his Clockmaker career, Ephriam worked with or for a number of other Connecticut Clockmakers such as Eli Terry, Luman Watson, Seth Thomas, George Mitchell, Elisa Ingraham and George Atkins.
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