Sessions clocks

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2015-06-26 10:48:13

Sessions clocks are collectible clocks made in the 20th century by the Sessions Clock Company of Connecticut.

They are popular with clock collectors today due to their attractive aesthetic.

History

The Sessions Clock Company emerged from the EN Welch clock manufacturing firm in the first years of the 20th century. They took up Welch’s mantle as one of the prominent clockmakers emerging in Connecticut

Owned by William E Sessions and nephew A.L Sessions, the company produced more than 50 different models of mechanical clock between 1903 and 1933.

To begin with, Sessions continued to produce Welch’s models – the black mantel clock and oak-cased kitchen clock. These are easily dated. Prior to 1903, the label reads ‘E.N. Welch’. Post 1903, it reads ‘E.N. Welch’ AND ‘Sessions Clock Company’.

By the 1920s, Sessions began to produce their own designs, such as a modern regulator clock. By the 1930s the company moved over to electricity to power their clocks.

Sessions also made many advertising clocks, large and small clocks with business and brand logos for the wall or mantel.

After World War II, the company began to make cheap electric alarm clocks and kitchen clocks.

Sessions was absorbed by Consolidated Electronics Industries Corporation in 1958 and by 1969 had ceased clock production.

Guide to Collecting

Sessions was not the most innovative clock manufacturer of their day. However, their clocks are well regarded as vintage collectibles.

Their advertising clocks are particularly popular, as are some of their more unusual designs: In the 1950s, they produced ‘The Lady’, a family planning clock set to a woman’s menstrual cycle, displaying the days on which she was most fertile. This clock was a bit too much for the 1950s, though they are highly sought after as collectibles today.

Sessions clocks can be found at auction, through specialist dealers, on eBay, at garage sales, flea markets and in second hand stores.

Notable sales

A Sessions Bakelite and chrome cased electric aircraft clock made £423 at a March 2003 Bonhams auction in Honiton, UK.

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