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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jeromes, Gilbert, Grant and Company, American

Shelf Clock

1839–40

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)
Yale University Art Gallery
1973.30
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.
Geography: 
Made in Bristol, Connecticut
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Yale University in 1973.

Bibliography: 

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.

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 such records is ongoing.