Shelf Clock, 1850-1870

Summary

By the 1840s, clockmakers were substituting small, light coil springs in clock movements for the previous bulky weights. No longer hindered by the size and weight of their internal mechanisms, clocks could take on all kind of different shapes and sizes. Clocks could even be made out of decorative cast iron, like this one.

By the 1840s, clockmakers were substituting small, light coil springs in clock movements for the previous bulky weights. No longer hindered by the size and weight of their internal mechanisms, clocks could take on all kind of different shapes and sizes. Clocks could even be made out of decorative cast iron, like this one.

Artifact

Shelf clock

Date Made

1850-1870

Creators

Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co. 

American Clock Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Meriden 

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Probably made by Bradley & Hubbard of Meriden, Connecticut. Distributed by the American Clock Company of New York.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Clockwork

Object ID

29.865.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cast iron
Wood (Plant material)
Brass (Alloy)
Steel (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 21.625 in

Width: 13.5 in

Length: 4.5 in

Inscriptions

Label inside box reads, in part, MANUFACTURED AND SOLD BY THE / AMERICAN CLOCK COMPANY / DEPOT, 3 CORTLANDT STREET, NEW YORK.

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