Forestville, Conn Clock Makers

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  1. ClocksCollector

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    Hi, I have a brass movement OG with a Forestville Clock Co, Forestville, Conn label. Can anyone tell me the dates that company made clocks? Was the Forestville Manufacturing Co. earlier or later? Regards
     
  2. eskmill

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    #2 eskmill, Nov 10, 2012
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    Forestville Connecticut has a long and interesting history of clockmakers. The answer to your question could be in the article cited in the URL below.
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/forestville-connecticut-clocks/


    Also note that Forestville is located in East Bristol Ct.  Bristol is branded "The Brass City" as the entire area is known for heavy manufacturing.
     
  3. Jerome collector

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    Please post an image of the label. Roberts & Taylor in Forestville Clockmakers suggest that this label is found in clocks sold during the prolonged bankruptcy proceedings of the Forestville Manufacturing Co during the late 1850s. Many of these clocks are found with E.N. Welch-stamped movements. Welch purchased the bankrupt Forestville Manufacturing Co. I don't believe this is a common label.
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    #4 ClocksCollector, Nov 11, 2012
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    Okay, I'm back. Attached is a photo of the Forestville Clock Co. label. At the bottom of the label is printed: CALHOUN PRINTING CO., 66 STATE STREET, HARTFORD, CONN. I have also attached a photo of the unusual tablet. The glass is wavey and I see no pry marks indicating the glass had been removed and repainted. Any comments? Forestville Clock Co Label.jpg Forestville Clock Co Tablet.jpg
     
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    Tablet is quite interesting. From the specific name of printing company and address I think it may be from 1860 or later.


    ( Usually Waterbury is known as the Brass city, Bristol's nicknames are bell city or mum city)
     
  6. harold bain

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    Gilbert, Calhoun was listed as being at 66 State St. from 1856-60, which I think fits well with this clock.
    http://clocknuts.com/Clock%20Label%20Printers.htm

    It lists Forestville Clock Company as one of the companies using this printer in that time frame.
     
  7. Jerome collector

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    Nice label. It's very similar to the one in Forestville Clockmaker, the only differences are the eagle and the font used for "FORESTVILLE, CONN., U.S.A." The eagles are positioned differently, and yours is standing on a shield with the stars and stripes. As for the tablet, wow. I've never seen anything like it. I just sent in an article for publication in the NAWCC Bulletin that discusses religious imagery in clock labels. In artistic renditions, St Matthew is often depicted with a winged figure over his shoulder. But he's also typically shown with a beard; St John was the beardless one. Perhaps some of the other imagery in the tablet would help identify the central figure. Even without knowing who it is, that's an exquisite tablet.
     
  8. ClocksCollector

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    Thanks for your comments Jerome Collector and others. I'll work on the other imagery in the tablet.
     

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