Alanson Richards, Bristol, Conn

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  1. time is money

    time is money Registered User

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    Was wondering if anyone knew of a link to the history of the Alanson, Richards clock co,, Bristol Conn, I have one with a 30 hour movement marked "Union"
     
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    rmarkowitz1_cee4a1 Registered User
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    #2 rmarkowitz1_cee4a1, Jan 28, 2017
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    Your inquiry interested me because this is a maker of whom I have never heard about.

    According to Spittler and Bailey, "American Clockmakers and Watchmakers", he was active 1825-1843 in Bristol, CT.

    I found this reference in the Bulletin: http://www.nawcc.org/images/stories/1950/articles/1950/35/35_212.pdf

    He is listed at the end of that article as a user of "groaner" wooden movements.

    Another reference to him is in this article: http://www.nawcc.org/images/stories/1980/articles/1987/248/248_213.pdf

    He is listed as a purchaser of brass clocks from the firm of Ray and Ingraham, who were in business from 1841-1843. His purchase is listed "for the period 8/43".

    I suspect that this is how Spittler and Bailey came up with his working time span.

    You mention that the movement in your clock is marked "Union". Based upon the above reported timespan for Alanson, it would probably have been made by either the Union Clock MFG. C0 (1843-4) or Union Manufacturing CO (1843-9)? Dates again as per Spittler and Bailey. If correct, he had a nearly 20 year involvement in clock making/assembling spanning the wooden and brass works periods which for that time was not insignificant. And still apparently not prolific nor particularly well known.

    I suspect he might have been more of an assembler, buying components and movements from others and putting them together. It's possible he, like others, purchased complete clocks and sold them with his label.

    Hope this helps.

    What type of clock is it?? Could you post pix of it??

    By the way, the access the Bulletin, you need to be a NAWCC member. So, if you aren't already.....

    RM
     
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    Thanks for all of the info!
     
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    You're welcome.

    RM
     

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