Dating a seth thomas clock
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.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.A total of three different embossed patterns were offered as part of the Camden series.All were 8-day in oak cases with alarms as an extra cost option.A website on Jerome clocks identifies the movement as a type 1.211.
Previous to this, brass clock movements were made by hand and were usually one-off bespoke pieces.To make one mainspring & gear train do the work of two springs & trains, Sessions incorporated some novel features.Some of these included two racks and two snails, a rotating chime barrel that locks into place on the hour, and an extra wheel and pinion assembly.An interesting feature of this clock is that it can be regulated without stopping it.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.