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Chauncey Jerome misspelling?

Victor B.

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I recently acquired an iron-front clock that I believe was made by Chauncey Jerome. Interestingly, I noticed a quirk on the signature; it says "Jeromm" instead of "Jerome." Was this a mistake, is this clock a fake, or is there another reason for this? Also, how old is it? I'm really curious to know. Attached are pictures of the clock, including a close-up of the signature on the face.
If it helps, the person I bought it from said the paint on the iron most likely had been touched up over the years. There's also a "6" embossed on the back of it, at the top.

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people write stuff on dials all the time... doesn’t mean anything except as final confirmation after all other details line up.

photos of the movement would help confirm or deny whether it was made by cj (although someone might recognize that model).
 
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Of course, attached are some photos of the movement. The movement is stamped as being from the New Haven Clock Company, something I hadn't realized before. newhaven1.jpg newhaven2.jpg
 

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I recently acquired an iron-front clock that I believe was made by Chauncey Jerome. Interestingly, I noticed a quirk on the signature; it says "Jeromm" instead of "Jerome." Was this a mistake, is this clock a fake, or is there another reason for this? Also, how old is it? I'm really curious to know. Attached are pictures of the clock, including a close-up of the signature on the face.
If it helps, the person I bought it from said the paint on the iron most likely had been touched up over the years. There's also a "6" embossed on the back of it, at the top.

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The name on the dial is clearly poorly retouched/overpainted. I think that whom ever did that incorrectly spelled the name.

That said, there were those who wanted to cash in on Jerome’s fame. There have been ogee’s reported with a label stating that the clock was made by “C.G. Rome”.

However, the name on your clock’s dial is just a bad repaint by someone who didn’t know better.

RM
 

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Although the connection between Chauncey Jerome and the New Haven Clock Co. is well known, I am not convinced that this particular clock had anything to do with Jerome. Although New Haven did make a similar movement that was used by Jerome, this particular movement is one developed by New Haven shortly after their January 1857 take over of the Jerome Mfr. Co. See Snowden Taylor and Peter Gosnell's article on these "Y=shaped" movements in the Feb. 2008 NAWCC Bulletin, beginning on page 66. (Unfortunately, the article is accessible only by NAWCC members.). The writing on the dial looks sloppy (in addition to the misspelling), and I think either someone was misguided or deceitfully tried to capitalize on the Jerome/New Haven connection. The name Chauncey Jerome sometimes brought the worst in people.

Perhaps this clock was retailed bu some company like the American Clock Co. and New Haven supplied only the movement.

This is all just my opinion; others may have something better to offer. In any event, it is a nice clock; enjoy it for whatever it may be.
 
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