Era identification Sessions Beehive

MNSTREETGLIDE17

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Can someone assist with an approximate year on this Sessions clock? No dates stamped on the movement. It does have a Porcelain dial.

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Dick Feldman

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Following is a brief history of the Sessions Clock Company.
That may be all you will find on the subject.
Best,
Dick
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The E.N. Welch Manufacturing Company
(Sessions Clock Company)

The E. N. Welch Manufacturing Company was formed in July of 1864, replacing other companies using the Welch name and the bankrupt business of J. C. Brown. The business was situated in Forestville Conn.

In 1869, a new movement shop was built, this being the third manufacturing facility owned by the company. Sometime between 1868 and 1884 a spin off company was formed called Welch, Spring and Company. This second firm was to build a more expensive line of clocks. With the death of the founder in 1887, economic decline began. The company sold assets to raise capital, and issued new stock for the same purpose. In May of 1893 the clock manufacturing ceased and a receiver was appointed. The receiver spent two years selling parts of the company to satisfy creditors. Production of clocks did not resume for another year.

In 1899 two tragic fires in March and December destroyed most of the Welch facilities. A new brick factory was built and in service by April 1900, but the financial strain from no cash flow led to the demise of the company.

In 1902 control of the company was taken by Wm. Sessions and his nephew after a steady acquisition of company stock. In 1903 the name of the company was changed to The Sessions Clock Company. The new company continued to produce many of the Welch designs. This company floundered during the depression of the 1920's but was able to recover by producing a line of electric clocks. These were produced under the Sessions name as well as The United Clock Company. The Sessions Clock Company operated until the 1950's, being bought by an electronics company and later by a metal goods supplier.
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So your clock was probably produced within the first 25 years of the 20th century. If the plates are not steel, it was probably not made during the war years (1914 - 1918).
 
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Willie X

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Around 1920 would be my best guess.

I had a nice Sessions 'Precilla' quarter sawn oak case with heavy bezel and porcelain dial, somewhat similar to your clock. It was dated around 1918.

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MNSTREETGLIDE17

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Thanks everyone, my guess was somewhere between 1910-1920. I hoped someone may have had a book or other materials that might help narrow it down.
 

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Hello MNS.........,

Tran Duy Ly, Sessions Clocks, page 118 shows a "Concord" that is the spitting image of yours. Catalogue date given is 1910. That's real mahogany and the porcelain dial is mentioned in the book, too. One of Sessions' better efforts.

Jim
 
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I have a similar Sessions without the engraving. It’s a very strong running movement. If I recall, the original clicks were a little wonky from age & needed work.

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A detailed history of the Sessions clock company can be found here: The Sessions Clock Company
Sessions did continue producing mechanical clocks well into the 1930's. We see a lot of tambour style mantel clock from that period. "By 1936, Sessions discontinued the manufacture of spring-driven clocks, and made electric clocks exclusively". "In 1958, the company was sold to Consolidated Electronics Industries Corporation of New York"

Read the article and learn about the 'worlds first (and last) family planning clock' called "The Lady" made by Sessions in the 1950's

RC
 

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