INDEX # : 160-C-1005

circa: 1850-1857

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CLOCK STYLE Sharp Gothic (aka Steeple)


Chauncey Jerome, New Haven, Conn.

Chauncey Jerome (1793-1868)


30 hour brass Time & Strike movement, strikes hours on a cathedral gong.


CASE SIZE & CONSTRUCTION Base=10", Height=19 3/4", Depth=4"

Case is covered with Mahogany veneer.


Good condition, stating:

"Eight Day and Thirty Hour / O.G. & O.O.G. with & without Alarms, / Gothic Spring, / Eight Day and 30 Hour Sharp & Round Top, / with & without Alarms, / Octagon Eight Day Clocks, / Silent Striking, for Hotels, Offices, & c. / Marine Lever Time Pieces. / For Ships, Steamboats, Locomotives, and Dwellings, / All Warranted of the Best Quality. / Made By / Chauncey Jerome, / New Haven, Conn."


Original hand painted tin dial in fair condition, with 5" chapter ring and black Roman letters.

Original reverse painted tablet is 5 3/4" x 6".  The clock appears to have it's original pendulum bob, key, the hour & minutes hands are believed to be replacements.

ACQUIRED FROM Online auction.


The case is in good condition with some small veneer chips.  The original dial is in fair condition and is a possible candidate for restoration.  The 30 hour movement is in running condition, but has at least one pivot hole that will need re-bushed.  Both the dial glass and the lower tablet are original, some paint loss on the reverse painted stencil.
RESTORATION January 2005 - Disassembled & cleaned movement, re-bushed the T2 pivot hole on the back plate, the rest of the pivot holes were in good condition.  Reassembled movement, adjusted and set clock to running.  Cleaned and polished the case with paste wax.

Chauncey Jerome (1793-1868) was one of the pillars of early Connecticut clock making. He was apprenticed as a carpenter when he was 13 years of age. In 1816, he went to work for Eli Terry making the pillar and scroll cases (which he claimed he was the first to do) in Plymouth, Conn.. He moved to Bristol, Conn. in 1821, and by 1824, started his long lived career in clock making with partners Noble Jerome (his brother), Elijah Darrow, and Chauncey Mathews. The firm was called "Jeromes, Darrow and Company", and was in operation until around 1826. Chauncey had many other partners throughout his career and was involved in a number of firms. It is reported that he invented the Bronze Looking Glass clock case in 1827. His brother Nobel invented a cheap 30 hour brass movement in 1838 that had a count wheel strike, and Chauncey used these movements in mostly Ogee case clocks. This movement was to be the demise of the wooden movement clock. Chauncey moved to New Haven, Conn. in 1843, and set up a case shop (his movements were still being made at the Bristol factory). The Bristol Factory was destroyed by a fire in 1845, and he suffered great financial loss. His entire operations was then moved to New Haven, and in 1857 his bankrupt business was bought out by The New Haven Clock Co. Chauncey Jerome is one of the few Connecticut Clockmakers that wrote an autobiography (written in 1860), which gives us a first hand look at the industry of those days (at least according to Chauncey).

The image on the top left is the Chauncey Jerome Factory in Bristol, Conn. as it appeared around 1850.

The images to the left in the middle and the bottom are two different homes that Chauncey Jerome lived in, both in Bristol, Conn. 


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