New Haven clocks

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2015-06-26 10:42:03

New Haven clocks were made by the New Haven Clock Company, based in the New England region of the United States.

 

History

The company was established in the early 1850s and acquired Jerome Manufacturing Company, the well-known clock manufacturing firm, in 1856.

Due to Jerome’s popularity with the public, New Haven continued to produce clocks bearing the “Jerome & Co.” label up until 1904, alongside its own clocks.

New Haven also sold clocks produced by a number of other US manufacturers until 1885.

They were the first company in America to mass produce brass clock movements.

It added pocket watches to its line-up in 1880, and continued to produce them until the 1950s.

New Haven brought out its first wrist watches in 1915, and continued to manufacture them alongside its clocks until the company closed in 1960.

Guide to Collecting

New Haven established itself as one of the finest clock makers during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Among its most popular models were an 1860 mantel clock called the Duchess, with a rosewood veneer case, angled top, Roman numerals and a glass window that displayed the swinging pendulum, and the Flying Pendulum clock, first produced in the early 1880s.

As well as producing several antique mantel clocks the company also made some notable grandfather clocks and banjo clock. Their designs had names including Anglo, English, Glenor and Occidental.

New Haven was also notable for being one of the few manufacturers of calendar clocks. The rarest examples of these employed a double dial, to show the time and the date. These are highly sought after by collectors.

Collectors may focus on one of these popular designs by New Haven, or a particular era of design. Value can alter depending on the condition and rarity of each clock, as well as the historical significance of the design.

New Haven clocks can be found at auction, through specialist dealers, on eBay, and in second hand and antique stores.

Notable sales

A New Haven eight day car clock, patented in 1903, sold for $351 at Bonhams New York in 2006

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