Stamped on the back is the factory completion date of 5881A, or January 1885. The clock has nickeled accessories including dial rings, Cathedral gong base, and damascened pendulum bob and hanger. The movement as previously stated is unusual and very rare, clean and operating properly. Also inside is a porcelain beat scale, silver pendulum bob, wood stick, silver gong base, silver dial rings, and original signed dial. The new iron dial was professionally painted; pendulum, iron weight, weight baffle, pulley, and 8-day movement are all original to the case and the style Howard used in their banjos. Only in the last 30-40 years have collectors began to appreciate their design and functionality in home decorations.
The 8-day movement is running and strikes half hours and hours on a Cathedral gong. The dial has the original paint that is still in excellent condition, the movement is signed Cline, and the weight is the style used in this type banjo. Nowadays you see at least one in every collectors kitchen or den and in many restaurants.
The fourth and final patent of March 1, 1862 is carried on most of their calendar clocks manufactured until 1875 or 1876. Andrews, Jr., a Thomas relative and workman in the factory, received a patent on an improved mechanism. The Seth Thomas Clock Company was very prosperous into the 20th Century and was considered the Tiffanys of Connecticut clock manufacture, even by their competitors.
This was put into production and utilized on all later perpetual calendar clocks until the last model was dropped in 1917. The patterns and machinery for these had been purchased in 1859 from the creditors of bankrupt clockmaker Silas B. Between 18 they operated a subsidiary firm known as Seth Thomas' Sons & Company that manufactured a higher-grade 15-day mantel clock movement and during that period were major supporters of a New York sales outlet known as the American Clock Company.
Seth Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut in 1785, the fifth of seven children of Scottish immigrant, James Thomas, a cooper, and his wife Maria Ward.
Seth had a natural ability for carpentry and he probably obtained his knowledge and interest in mill property and manufacturing from this.
Thomas continued Clarks wooden movement tall clock production, and about 1817 began making the wooden movement shelf clock. The Seth Thomas Clock Company was organized as a joint stock corporation on May 3, 1853 to succeed the earlier clockmaking operation of the founder.
GERMAN MANTEL CLOCK WITH AN UNMARKED MOVEMENT IN OAK CASE WITH A DARK FINISH, CIRCA 1900-1920. THE ORIGINAL DIAL IS PAINTED AND HAS ROMAN NUMERALS. IN THE DOOR BELOW THE DIAL GLASS IS A REVERSED PAINTED GLASS OF A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS. THE 8 DAY SPRING WOUND MOVEMENT STRIKES THE HOURS AND 1/2 HOURS ON A COILED GONG. H- 19" x W- 10" x D- 4 1/4" MANTEL CLOCK MADE BY J. The movement has a jeweled lever escapement and the back plate is stamped "CHARLES FRODSHAM LONDON". THE DIAL HAS A MATTE BRASS CENTER WITH A CREAM-COLORED ENAMEL CHAPTER RING WITH ARABIC NUMBERS. 8-DAY SPRING WOUND MOVEMENT STRIKES THE HOURS AND ½ HOURS ON A COILED GONG.
They also became a major manufacturer of tower and street clocks after 1872 and in between 1915 were manufacturers of jeweled watches.
Many Seth Thomas clocks from 1881 to 1918 have a date code stamped in ink on the case back or bottom.
Huntington and Harvey Platts of Ithaca, New York and added three models to their line that year. 1895; black (Adamantine finish) wood mantel clocks, ca.
The earliest of the clocks indicate only three patent dates on the dials, September 19, 1854, November 17, 1857 and January 31, 1860. 18851917; black enameled iron cased clocks, 1892ca. 1915; tambour clocks, introduced in 1904; chime clocks, introduced in 1909; and electric A/C clocks, introduced in 1928.
Hermle, in the Black forest of Germany, has made many movements for Seth Thomas clocks.