I purchased this Bliss & Creighton chronometer in early May for an amount that I could not resist and I was looking for a project at that time. As can be seen there is no top lid. Unfortunately one common custom back then was to remove the top lid deeming it unnecessary and storing it who knows where. This particular clock was made in NYC around 1850. It is serial number 1645. The partnership of Bliss & Creighton terminated in 1853 with the serial numbers in the 2500's. It was not an amicable split and while it was being contested both parties died in 1854. Bliss' son John eventually took over under the name of John Bliss & Co. This is the story of the making of the lid to as close to what it would have been originally. I researched what the brass inlays should be like and determined the existing wood was Rosewood. Though it may be hard to believe the materials to make it cost me over $400. All the work was performed by me. I did obtain the brass from Gary Sellick of Ship Clock Cabinetry in SLC, Utah This is going to take some time to enter so I would ask that all wait till I show the final product before commenting so that we can keep the story together. Thanks for looking, Paul Here is what I started with.