JJ Beals Boston Over Paste/Retailer Miniature Wagon Spring Steeple on Steeple made by Birge & Fuller Bristol CT, Circa 1845
John Birge (1785 -1862) and Thomas Fuller (1798 – 1848) were at work in Bristol Connecticut from 1844 through 1848. Their shelf clocks reduced to practice the ingenious designs and concepts patented by Joseph Ives. This design utilizes the wagon spring powered works. This example is an exceptional steeple-on-steeple executed in Mahogany with New England White Pine Secondary wood. All three glasses are original and untouched and the reverse painted “Eglomise” tablets represent the outstanding stencil and paint decorated designs by William Fenn This model is the 30-hour miniature steeple on steeple and the rarest model as very few of these were made. The case measures 24 1/4 inches tall. This is a “dead mint” near perfect example with original glasses, dial, label, works. On page 273 of Roberts: “Contribution of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology 1810 – 1862 there is a documented example of this form. Note the thinner steel straps mounted in the base. This is a choice example with untouched original reverse glass paintings, and outstanding label. The original painted Zinc dial. The clock is in excellent running condition and just overhauled in our shop !