Shelf Clock Maker: Jeromes, Gilbert, Grant and Company (American)


American Decorative Arts

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 this clock—punching out the wheels from thinner rolled brass and running the wood for the ogival-molded cases through a power-operated machine—contributed to the reduced costs. This clock depicts the town green in New Haven, Connecticut.


Mahogany, mahogany veneer, white pine


25 15/16 × 15 7/16 × 4 7/16 in. (65.9 × 39.2 × 11.3 cm)
other (Dial): 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm)
other (Movement): 4 3/4 × 5 7/8 × 2 3/4 in. (12.1 × 14.9 × 7 cm)

Credit Line

Yale University Art Gallery

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Yale University in 1973.
  • Edwin A. Battison and Patricia E. Kane, The American Clock, 1725–1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 190–192, no. 44, ill
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shelf clocks

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