Another totally non-Earth shattering post. It's something that I have not seen reported before though I will admit that I haven't done an exhaustive search. Previously, I have posted 2 examples of Jerome & Co miniature alarm timepieces. Here's a pic: See also this thread: Post alarm clocks and other small clocks here Scroll down to postings # 126, 129-131. IMCO, these are pretty decent examples in original finish. Often the crests are incomplete or missing. Especially the one on the viewer's left. That ornament is held on by 2 tiny brads. The dials are printed onto paper which are in turn applied to a sheet of tin or zinc. They survive in nice condition, too, without too severe fading, staining or tears. These, to me, are interesting little clocks. The suspension for the pendulum bob has a coiled spring rather than a flat spring. Recently, this clock appeared on that electronic auction site listed as a Junghans no less: It's the time only version. No alarm. Again, I think survived well. Yes, there is a shrinkage crack at the top of the front. Well, s___t happens over 130- 140 years. Doesn't bother me 1 bit. Nice original finish, intact top, nice dial. This clock's movement also has the pendulum suspension with a coiled spring like the alarm version. Here they are together. The subject clock is in the center: What really caught my eye on the timepiece and what I have not seen before is that a portion of a label has survived: I thought that it was worth recording for posterity as I have not seen one before? As best I could, I transcribed the fragment: .....Piece* [illegible] Spring Pendulum Rod ...TED** FOR ACCURACY AND DEPENDABILITY Jerome & Co. *Time Piece? **Warranted? I have a Reed's Tonic shelf clock where the original movement also has that "spring suspension rod". Couldn't find a patent for the spring pendulum rod. I'm in a superfluous mood. This week someone posted a reverse painted sign. I thought I would post some of the signs that I like. Here's a bunch from a booth I had at antique show some years ago: The blacksmith sign is double sided. Dig the sign for turtle meat using a real turtle shell! All have gone up the dealer food chain. They represent a fraction of the hand painted trade signs I have handled over the past few years. Some of the ones I couldn't find pix of were better! But there's one that's a favorite that I have declined to sell multiple times. Not because it's the most impressive or valuable, but it's the history it lead me to discover. I found this in a now defunct group shop. It is a sign on wood produced by the Ithaca Sign Company. Much manufacturing occurred in Ithaca, NY. Not just calendar clocks. The name grabbed me. Not the typical type of ethnic name one would expect to find on a trade sign from early 20th century ME. Could it be? Yes it was as revealed by my research. There was a small but tight knit Eastern European Jewish Immigrant community. Rather than staying in the typical large East Coast urban centers (e.g., NYC, Brooklyn, Chelsea, Boston, etc.), some hardy souls braved the wilds of ME in the late 19th - early 20th century to seek their fortunes. Someplace I have a picture of the Solovich Brothers in their shop standing in front of a table of hats and gloves sent to me by their great niece. Word spread rather quickly about this sign and it generated quite a bit of interest. See this: Here is an clip from the Bath Jewish History web site. See the pic of Joseph himself. This all lead to a request from the Maine State Museum to place it on loan for a year for an exhibit: Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries - Maine State Museum It was also included in a guide of the exhibit published by Colby College: http://web.colby.edu/jewsinmaine/files/2018/10/MSM-Maine-Jewish-Exhibition-Handbook.pdf Scroll down to page 12. It's not just about date and ID. RM.