E. and G. W. Bartholomew Shelf Clock, about 1820

E. and G. W. Bartholomew Shelf Clock, about 1820

Description
Made by E. and G. W. Bartholomew in Bristol, Conn., about 1820, this clock features a thirty-hour wooden movement that strikes the hours. The white-painted dial has Roman hour numerals, painted spandrels in gold and a central stylized ring of gold-painted designs inside the ring of hours. The mahogany case has a carved eagle splat, two hollow columns through which the weights fall, paw feet and three central parts: a clear glass door covers the dial, the center features a mirror and the bottom glass panel shows a reverse-painted scene with a structure and a tree inside a gold-leaf rectangle. Two weights and a brass-covered pendulum bob also survive. Inside the case, a printed label reads: "Patent Clocks Manufactured & Sold by E. & G. Bartholomew, Bristol, Conn. P. Canfield, Printer, Hartford.”
George Washington Bartholomew and his cousin Eli started a clockmaking business in Bristol, Conn., in 1828, and, when the partnership dissolved in a few short years, G. W. continued alone until 1840. He then opened a cutlery business, but abandoned it in 1848 to head to the California gold fields.
Reference:
Smith, Eddy N. et al., Bristol, Connecticut: “in the Olden Time New Cambridge,” which includes Forestville. Hartford, Conn.: City Printing, 1907.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1830
manufacturer
E. & G. Bartholomew
place made
United States: Connecticut, Bristol
Measurements
overall: 93.6752 cm x 45.72 cm x 13.0302 cm; 36 7/8 in x 18 in x 5 1/8 in
top glass: 7 in x 7 in; 17.78 cm x 17.78 cm
mirror: 7 in x 7 in; 17.78 cm x 17.78 cm
bottom glass: 17.4752 cm x 27.94 cm; 6 7/8 in x 11 in
feet: 3 in; 7.62 cm
base: 11 in; 27.94 cm
column: 18 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 46.99 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
ME.317039
catalog number
317039
accession number
233061
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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