Highly Unusual C & N Jerome Wooden Works

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  1. Sooth

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    #1 Sooth, Mar 23, 2018
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    Hello everyone. I recently purchased an extremely unusual clock made by C. & N. Jerome. I was immediately intrigued by it based on the case/construction details, which don't match anything I've seen to date. In addition to the unusual case design, the clock also features a few other bizarre quirks, which I'll describe.

    First, the case has short columns with tall plinth blocks. This is by far the most unusual feature on the entire clock, and I have found only ONE OTHER wooden works clock with tall plinth blocks.

    The case also has a 3-part (3 glass/3 division) door. This on its own is not unusual, but it is much less frequently found on typical wooden works clock cases. Jerome in particular (through various partnerships) was especially fond of this case feature, and I have several examples of clocks with 3 part doors between the 1830s, all the way to ogee clocks in the 1880s (made by New Haven by this date).

    The next unusual feature is the use of a partially-painted zinc dial. Most other similar clocks with partially painted dials (with unpainted, exposed zinc) tend to be of the ogee type (roughly 9 inches square). This particular dial is 11.5" square, and the paint work and patina both suggest at LEAST 1840s manufacture, HOWEVER, I'm unable to tell with 100% certainty of this dial is original to this clock due to the presence of extra holes in the movement support bars. If the dial is a later swap, it's fairly clear that it has been in this clock case a very long time, as the shadow lines from the door frame all line up perfectly with the dial.

    Another feature that is unusual is the presence/use of brass hands. These appear to be period (stamped/factory made) hands, but it is difficult to be sure, as brass ages and tarnishes fairly easily. I know from research that brass hands WERE made in the period (1830s) but they tend to be found largely on "special" clocks, or paired with dials that have a lot of black decoration (often with gold numerals rather than black ones).

    The movement appears to ID as:
    8.132 Ephraim Downes (Jeromes & Darrow are listed as a user, but not C & N Jerome)
    8.133 Atkins & Downs (no matching makers)
    8.134 E & G W Bartholomew (no matching makers)

    Out of those options, (and assuming it's original) the Jerome and Darrow connection is the only one that makes sense.

    Other notes:
    The dial surround is actually a lovely (yet faded) teal blue.
    The top left pulley hole has been chewed-up by a mouse (which doesn't bother me).
    The upper right chimney, and left side return piece are somewhat poor replacements made from birch (not veneered).
    Slightly less common circular Terry door lock in brass.
    Centre panel appears to be original paint, and in plain black (which is VERY unusual).
    Upper and lower glass appears to have been replaced, and the putty in both is newer.
    Lovely period pendulum bob.
    Lovely door lock escutcheon.
    Very nice/clear stenciling (top splat will be repaired and it should have 3 bumps).
    Evidence on the two plinths of LATER applied gold paint (sloppily applied).
    Backboard has horizontal planks.
    Surprisingly little veneer damage and/or repairs (just some losses on lower front board).
    Dates to approximately 1834-1839, depending which source you look at.
    Label is near mint.
    The clock uses a less common spiral gong, rather than a cast iron bell. The gong wire is also fairly heavy gauge (compare it to the hammer stem wire).
    The height of the main body of the clock is 25.75" to the top board (not counting the splat elements). Same height as a standard ogee.

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    I would love to know about any other examples you may know about. I have done a LOT of digging, but have only turned up (as mentioned) ONE other clock with tall plinth blocks similar to this one. That one is included in the attachments, and it's a Jerome & Darrow in a slightly fancier case, and with slightly similar design features. I may include that one separately.

    I have 25 photos to share, so I will likely need to split them up.

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    Part 2.

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    Lastly, here is the similar Jerome & Darrow. Note that the plinth clocks are similar, but they have fancier "tops" which are also repeated above the columns. Also note that the case has 2 doors, but with a centre division as part of the case design (similar, but different).

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    Bit of necroposting here.

    RE: the dial of your clock. See this thread:

    Bit of an unusual combination?

    Terry ww with metal dials are shown. ST and I do believe that Jerome did the same.

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