J. C. Brown Bristol CT, 8-day Fusee Rosewood Ripple Shelf Clock C. 1850

J.C. Brown, Bristol

Circa 1850 small Empire J.C. Brown Fusee shelf clock: “Patented Eight Day Brass Clocks, Springs with equalizing power, warranted not to fail, Manufactured and Sold by the Forestville Manufacturing Company, J.C. Brown, Bristol CT.”    A closely related example is depicted on pages 36, 37 of Roberts & Taylor: “Jonathan Clark Brown and the Forestville Manufacturing Company.”   The brass striking movement is powered by twin fusees retained by a cast iron bracket.  The movement is signed/die stamped by the maker at the bottom edge of the front plate.  Makers label (with losses) pasted to the back board.  The Rosewood case with “ripple molding” has a very desirable patina and an old finish.  Frosted/etched  tablet in the door.  All in all a very nice, original and collectible Connecticut shelf clock.    The original, untouched painted tin dial is signed by the maker below the center arbor.  18 inches tall