- Nov 26, 2009
I do see your point.The movement does not have a typical New Haven escape wheel bridge. Are you sure it is New Haven? OTOH, I appreciate the correction on the ubiquity of Hubbell movements in these beasties.
OK, I tentatively withdraw my objection about the EW bridge. Looking through Lee Smith's article on EW characteristics (Dec. 1999 Bulletin), I find one on page 772 that he ascribes to S. Peck & Co., with an annotation that the movement is by New Haven. I still wonder, though.
But that coiled suspension spring really is typical of Jerome/NH. It's the same type used in these little guys:
Pix of the movement were posted somewhere on the MB long ago.
The dials are printed on thick paper applied to zinc. They bear the fancy conjoined monogram for "Jerome and Co."
As a side note, the use of fancy conjoined monogram was very much a popular fashion of the later Victorian time when these clocks were made. So, it was used on the Reed's tonic clocks too!
They can be found on many other objects as well.
For chuckles, here's a pair of "country" costal NE (RI or CT) "yoke back" side chairs from the late 18th to possibly as late as the early 19th century (styles persisted longer in the "country", sometimes long after they were considered "old fashioned" in more major population centers):
They were "updated" by a professional, either a coach or sign painter, probably close to 100 years after their creation. Note the addition of a fancy conjoined monograms:
Also note that they differ in what I assume are the first initials with a common "H" for the last? This was a practice used for couples.
It was not unusual for families in the day to consider furniture such as these chairs as family heirlooms, especially around the time of the Centennial. Things might be divided amongst heirs. Unfortunate stuff happened like the top of the chest on chest went to one family member, the base to another! That sort of dispersion certainly happened with sets of chairs. I speculate that these were given to a couple to celebrate their marriage thus the difference in the monograms and hence the use of an oak leaf and acorn motif...a symbols of fertility, longevity and strength.
Just my speculation, mind you. Oh, if only these objects could speak!