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Object Name Clock, Shelf
Catalog Number 83.69.1
Collection Timepiece
Other Name Marine
Date c.1850
Description c. 1850 Elisha Manross shelf clock
8-day time and strike brass movement with double mainsprings, which are likely replacements. Marine level escapement. Balance wheel instead of pendulum. Front plate movement reads, "Patent 1849/Elisha Manross/Bristol, Conn./USA"
Rosewood case with brass handle and trim. Simplified bracket style case. Painted Roman zinc dial. Two winding arbors in front.
Similar movement in Bulletin Supplement #9 Winter 1973, A Survey History of the American Spring-Driven Clock, page 77.
Maker Elisha Manross
Material wood, brass, glass, zinc
Place of Origin Bristol, Connecticut, USA
Notes In the late 1830s Manross was one of the major manufacturers of wooden clock movements. Later he became a manufacturer of brass movements, including the 8-day fusee movement.
Similar movement in Bulletin Supplement #9 Winter 1973, A Survey History of the American Spring-Driven Clock, page 77.