American Decorative Arts
Manufacturer: William L. Gilbert and Company, founded 1845

Shelf Clock

1845–55

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, white pine

28 5/8 x 16 1/8 x 4 1/4 in. (72.7 x 41 x 10.8 cm)
Gift of Miss Luella Plummer
1931.114
Partially in response to the major economic collapse in 1837, Chauncey Jerome conceived of an inexpensive thirty-hour clock with brass works. Increased mechanization in the production of his clock design—punching out the wheels from thinner rolled brass and running the wood for the ogival-molded cases though a power-operated machine—contributed to the reduced costs. This clock, made by the William L. Gilbert Clock Company, used Jerome’s production concepts.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
Mid-19th century
Classification: 
Timepieces
Geography: 
Made in Winsted, Connecticut
Status: 
On view*
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