THE JENNINGS BROTHERS MFG. CO. NOVELTY TIMEPIECE
INDEX # : 149-T-0105

circa: 1900-1910

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CLOCK STYLE Novelty
CLOCK NAME Unknown

MANUFACTURE

 

The Jennings Brothers MFG. CO, Bridgeport, Conn.
 
Erwin M. Jennings (President)
Edward A. Jennings (Treasurer)
Henry A. Jennings (Secretary)
CASE MODEL # JB 948
MOVEMENT TYPE Brass movement, 30-hour, Time only, pin lever escapement, probably made by the Waterbury Clock Co. and sold to Jennings Bros.
CASE SIZE & CONSTRUCTION Base = 3 1/2", Height = 6 1/2", Depth =2 1/2 "

Spelter case with gilt wash.

LABEL INFORMATION No label - original.
DIAL INFORMATION

 

Porcelain dial in excellent condition, 2" chapter ring, black Arabic letters with JB trademark below the 12.  Seconds bit at bottom of dial.
MISC. FEATURES N/A
ACQUIRED FROM Online auction
CONDITION WHEN ACQUIRED Not running, winding key arbor stripped, will need to be replaced.
RESTORATION N/A

HISTORICAL DATA

Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Co. as it appeared c. 1903.

The Jennings Brothers Mfg. Co. started by the three Jennings Brothers.  They were raised on a farm and entered business making small novelty timepieces as well as other decorative brass items (ink wells, bookends, etc.)  They purchased small 30 hour movements from other manufactures (such as The Waterbury Clock Co.) and cased them in their Spelter novelty cases.

From a 1903 Connecticut Labor Department report:

"This company is one of the leading and. most enterprising manufacturing concerns in Connecticut; it began business in the year 1890, occupying to begin with, less space for its entire business, than it now utilizes for office room alone.  The hard work, aggressive and sagacious management, combined with liberality and fidelity in dealing with customers, has won for The Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company a clientage and reputation equaled by few and excelled by none.  Its business is the manufacture of clocks, in metal cases, candelabra, art metal and silver plated flatware.  Among the numerous finishes applied to its many designs and large variety of goods made, is its Ormolu gold plate which is manufactured exclusively by this company, and marketed under the trademark "J. B. Ormolu gold." This finish is the most beautiful and durable of any similar gold finish made, and is the result of years of investigation and experiments, and is now acknowledged to excel anything produced here or abroad."

Its officers are Erwin M. Jennings, President; Edward A. Jennings, Treasurer, and Henry A. Jennings, Secretary, three brothers, reared on a Connecticut farm, entering business to make their own way, and who now enjoy the confidence of all who know them.

REFERENCES 1.  “Public Documents of the State of Connecticut 1903”
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