Dating strike a lights

By the mid 1850's Jerome had lost his company and his factories were taken over by the newly formed New Haven Clock Company in 1853.

Most of the mechanical features of American clock movements were found in the Jerome weight driven movements: lantern pinions, countwheel strike, bent-wire levers, center arbor driven by the train and not part of it.

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The last picture is one I found online and is basically the same clock, but with the decorations still intact. Sessions Westminster Chime & Strike clock, mid 1920's.

This tambour clock features Session's unique chiming movement.

First picture shows it bare as I found it, second picture is the movement, a spring-wound 8 day.

Clock counts the hours on a coil gong, and sound a single note on a bell at the half.

Previous to this, brass clock movements were made by hand and were usually one-off bespoke pieces.

With this development, the wooden clock movement was obsolete overnight, and for the first time dependable and inexpensive clocks were available to the masses. In April 1845 the Bristol factory burned, and the company relocated to New Haven.The door frame is concave, and the outer surround of the case is convex.The glass over the dial appears original, but I think the tablet is a replacement.The tablet has a lot of paint loss, and the dial is very worn.The case has had a coating of reddish-brown varnish applied very sloppy.Like the New Haven clock above, this one uses the strike train for both hours and halves.

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