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Shelf Clock
late 1890s-1910s
E. N. Welch Clock Co. (1864-1903)
USA: Connecticut, Forestville
Wood, glass, metal, paper
a: 21-3/4"h x 14-1/2"w x 4-3/4"d; b: 7"h x 2-3/4"w x 3/8"d; c: 2-1/8"h x 1-7/8"w x 1/4"d
Gift of Harold L. and Phyllis H. Aldrich
2004.006a-c

a: Shelf Clock with impressed decorations and circle rosette at top; glass door with horse motifs (heads in upper corners, crossed whips with horseshoe in center, to upright whips on sides and pair of horses pulling cart with two men. 2 Paper labels on back. upper one: "RAR~/MANUFACTURED ~~~~HE/ ~ [E] N. Welch Mfg. Co./FORESTVILLE CONN. USA" Lower label: "Eight Day Half Hour Strike." Then directions for setting clock and keeping time. b: Pendulum: reddish, copper-colored metal; circular, egg and dart motif, with bows on either side (possibly a reproduction casting) c: silver key with two lobes


From the late 1890s through the 1910s, large clock companies, such as Welch or Ingraham, offered inexpensive wooden clocks—sometimes called kitchen clocks—with a huge variety of case designs and decoration. New York state dairy farmers Egbert (1866-1951) and Nellie Niles (1868-1922) originally owned this example.



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