Sylvester Root wood movement bevel case clock- are there other examples out there?

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  1. Peter A. Nunes

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    Attached are pictures of a clock I recently purchased... it is one of about 6 known examples by the maker Sylvester Root, of Bristol, Connecticut. I am researching Mr. Root and his clocks, and I would like to know of other examples out there in the clock world, of which I'm sure there are some. Sylvester was working circa 1842-1846, when he declared bankruptcy. This was at the very end of the wood movement era. He apparently had some association with Ephraim Downs, according to tax records and other sources- he is recorded as having made clocks in the Downs factory, on Downs St. in Bristol. The movement in my example was designated # 8.224 on Snowden Taylor's list, now updated to #10.224. At least one of Sylvester's movements has very crude and rough plates, replete with knots, curvy grain, etc., not the typical carefully chosen quarter-sawn oak generally used in these movements. The case of this clock measures 27" H. x 16.75" wide.

    I was first attracted to this clock by the incredibly folky tablet, which looks like it was done by a not-so-well-trained fourth grader. The colors are vivid as can be, and I've always liked blue jays. It is cracked, but original to the clock and otherwise undisturbed and in good condition.

    If you know of any other examples of clocks by Sylvester Root, I would appreciate hearing about them.

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    Re: Sylvester Root wood movement bevel case clock- are there other examples out there

    Nice clock Peter.I like the tablet as well.
    Looks to be in good shape as well.
    Is this a 30 hour or 8 day clock?
     
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    Re: Sylvester Root wood movement bevel case clock- are there other examples out there

    It is a typical 30 hour Connecticut movement, by an atypical maker. An eight day movement with conventional plates like this would incorporate an additional wheel and arbor (see Supplement # 19, "Eight Day Wood Movement Shelf Clocks, Their Movements, Their Makers", by Bryan Rogers and Snowden Taylor... an indispensable part of any horological library, at least if you relish American clocks.)
     
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    Love that case.
     
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    Re: Sylvester Root wood movement bevel case clock- are there other examples out there

    Yes... while I am no big fan of ogees in general, I like those that are a bit unusual, and I also like these bevel cases. I think if I were a beginning collector (unfortunately, I've been at this since 1971) I might collect ogees and bevel case clocks, with an eye toward those with original tablets, both painted, stenciled, and even the later transfers, some of which are very nice. I think these represent true bargains for the beginning collector, as they are the real thing, are practical to run if one is so inclined, and are cheap as can be. The Atkins & Porter that was posted a few days ago is a good example... a clock that is more or less original, with intact glasses, good dial, a possibly interesting movement variation, etc., for $35.00. Remarkable.
     
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    They really are the first bargain and can continue to be so. I have four and don't plan on stopping there, for some reason I am drawn to them.

    A bevel is quite a prize! For me, I need to get an eight-day or five before I start looking for the truly unique cases.
     

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