Additional Information:Franklin’s “time is money” from his short essay “Advice to a
Young Tradesmen, Written by an Old One” (1748) …a very popular maxim.
Silas Hoadley "Time is Money" Stenciled Shelf Clock, Plymouth, Connecticut, in a
mahogany case with lower glass inscribed "Time is Money," centering window for
viewing pendulum flanked by Greek revival mansions within orchard beneath blue sky.
The midsection with a reverse-painted glass marked "A. Hamilton," beneath a portrait of
Alexander Hamilton. The upper section enclosing the wooden polychrome painted dial
with Arabic numerals on chapter ring, outer minute ring marked with circles with line
through the middle and bold lines every 5 minutes. The corner spandrels display a
strawberry motif. The triple tablet door with ivory escutcheon is flanked by stenciled
turned and split columns which are beneath capped chimneys joining a stenciled eagle
splat. Paper label on inside of backboard reads, in part: TIME IS MONEY / FRANKLIN
CLOCKS / WITH THE IMPROVEMENT OF BUSHING THE / PIVOTS WITH IVORY /
ARRANGED AND MANUFACTURED BY / SILAS HOADLEY / PLYMOUTH, CONN.
The illustrated printed paper label with FRANKLIN CLOCKS above bust portrait of Ben
Franklin, above Silas Hoadley/Plymouth (Conn.) above a spread-winged eagle atop
U.S. shield. Upside-down, wood thirty-hour time strike and alarm movement powered by
three cast iron weights. The case rests on carved paw feet surmounted with acanthus
leaves, The right-proper foot missing acanthus carving yet it displays well and can be
restored by your expert or ours.
Mantel Clock, Daniel Webster Portrait Tablet,
Carved Columns & Eagle Pediment
Goshen, Connecticut, Active 1831-1836 Date/Period: 1830s
Material: Mahogany, 30-hour wooden movement, retains original printed maker’s label
Condition: Excellent original tablet, overall condition is very good. Movement not
inspected by our clockmaker. See additional information below.
Additional Information: A Possibly Unique Circa 1830s Mantel Clock. Although
Webster was one of the towering political figures of his day, he never achieved the
presidency. Perhaps consequently few "display items" honoring him seem to have been
produced. This lovely clock is certainly among the best of that genre. It features a large
"folk art" image of a rather youthful Webster with name below, and probably dates from
The case is elaborately mahogany and mahogany veneer, with a stylized American
eagle pediment. Overall display condition is excellent, although it does exhibit typical
extremely minor flaws for a clock of this type: The doorknob is missing, the clock face
shows wear and losses. It is not in working order, as is usually encountered; we are
able to engage one of the best restoration experts. We have never encountered nor
seen pictured any other Daniel Webster clock.
John Bull Blinking Eye Novelty
Shelf Clock, T. Kennedy, Blinker
Bradley and Hubbard Date/Period: Circa 1865
Material: Cast iron, brass, polychrome, 30-hour spring driven movement
Condition: Dial paper is replaced, does not run…we have a great clockmaker
who will attend to the movement if a new owner desires; original
paint is at nearly full coverage…only some “as expected” scattered
minor chips mostly to high spots.
Additional Information: Late 19th century, novelty clock, John Bull figure, painted cast
iron, blinking eye, the base with embossed maker's mark "T. Kennedy Patent Applied
For 1856," (Winding key included.) Most of these American cast iron figural clock cases
often referred to as John Bull were produced by Bradley and Hubbard of Meriden,
Connecticut. Some horological reference books refer to this example as the Squire
model, an English historical fique akin to our Uncle Sam. The subject clock displays a
casting label in the base: “T. Kennedy, Patent, Applied For 1856.” The movement is die-
stamped by the Connecticut clock/movement maker, “C. JEROME.” Chauncey Jerome
(1793-1868). [The connection/relationship between Kennedy and Bradley and Hubbard
is not yet known. As for the movement, it is original and complete; likely needs to be
cleaned and oiled which we will manage at the buyer’s expense.
Small Burl Walnut Shelf Clock Date/Period: Circa 1900
Condition: The case id fine, movement wants to run, needs cleaning and oiling; we
have a professional clockmaker available.
Additional Information: Charming…sarcophagus pediment with recessed carved
profile of face set within pediment; cove shaped roof sides continue to scroll terminuses.
The projecting molding above the case cut from a solid piece of burl that rests of a
projecting molded base. Rear door hung on brass hinges.
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