Vintage C.1968 Seth Thomas Corsair Ships Bell Corsair-w Mantle Clock E537-000 For SaleVintage c.1968 Seth Thomas Corsair Ships Bell Corsair-W Mantle Clock E537-000
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. No cracks, chips, damage or repairs. Please refer to all photos for this great marine time piece. Used only for private display.
Measurements: 5.25" diameter x 3.5“ deep forged case
Wood Base: 9.25" x 4"
Includes #3 Brass Key
Manufactured: c.1968, Thomaston, Connecticut U.S.A.
Description: This is truly a magnificent Vintage c.1968 Seth Thomas Corsair Ships Bell Clock 1004 Corsair-W E537-000 Mantle Clock. This classic bell clock features a screw on bezel and a dial finished with 24-hour & 12 hour arabic numerals in a silver chapter ring. Ornate accents framing the clock face adds the perfect touch of class. It features a chime silence option. Finished in a beautiful platform escapement, on select cherry hardwood. Key-wound. Durable brass water resistant housing bushings. The movement is German and made for Seth Thomas. Eight day, 7 Jewel, striking bell clock whose design dates to 1921. The movement number is A207-000 CC #7313, which is essentially a Hermle 132-071. It has a compensated balance wheel and Breguet hairspring.
It is in especially fine condition with a near blemish free dial and case which shows some minor marks. The clock has been recently serviced by a master clock smith, and the movement is keeping good time and rings ships' bells in sequence with authority, resonance and a distinctive tone.
The clock is running strong and keeping good time.
Perfect for any collector of fine marine clocks or for practical use.
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Seth Thomas has long been noted for its ships clocks and in its early days was the sole provider to the U.S. Navy.
The Seth Thomas Clock Company began producing clocks in 1813 and was incorporated as the "Seth Thomas Clock Company" in 1853. The clock at Grand Central Terminal in New York City was manufactured by the company. Seth Thomas Clock Company manufactured longcase clocks as well as mantel, wall, and table-top clocks during this period.
In 1988 General Time Corporation, consisting of the Westclox and Seth Thomas brands and the Westclox operation in Canada, was acquired from Talley Industries. This company closed a few years later. Westclox Canada was the only company that came close to matching the production of Canada's leading Clock company, The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company.
Seth Thomas Clock Company was later owned by the Colibri Group. The company ceased operations on January 16, 2009 and went into receivership, but returned to business as of May 4, 2009 under the ownership of CST Enterprises in Cranston, Rhode Island. No manufacturing is underway, however an entire line of Seth Thomas Clocks is now available made by another clock builder for CST under the Seth Thomas brand.
Seth Thomas Antique Clocks History and Timeline
August 19, 1785 - Seth Thomas is born to James and Martha Thomas in the town of Wolcott, Connecticut, located in area known of western Connecticut known for its many manufacturers of wooden clock movements.
According to one 19th century biography of Thomas,
"His advantages for education were very meagre, consisting of a very few days' attendance upon a distant public school. He served an apprenticeship to the trade of a carpenter and joiner; a considerable portion of the time was spent in the construction of Long Wharf, in New Haven [Connecticut]."
1799 - Now 14 years old, Seth Thomas begins an apprenticeship as a carpenter and "joiner" under the tutelage of Daniel Tuttle. This prepares him well for turning to the manufacture of clock movements and clock cases. According to Wikipedia, "a joiner differs from a carpenter in that he or she cuts and fits joints in wood that do not use nails, usually in a workshop Environment since the formation of the various joints generally requires non-portable machinery. A carpenter would normally work on site, whereas joiners would work in a workshop or plant. Cabinet makers who specialize in manufacturing furniture are regarded as producing fine joinery."
1807 - Thomas begins his clockmaking apprenticeship by working with one of the foremost early American clockmakers, Eli Terry. Terry had received an order to produce 4,000 clocks in three years, a challenge that led to inventing methods of mass production necessary to complete the order on time. Terry's plant is located near Waterbury, Conn.
He and Silas Hoadley make the wooden tall case ("grandfather") clock movements for use in Terry's clocks. They use Terry's innovation of using interchangeable clock parts to mass produce the movements, an idea that Terry got from Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.
The name of the business at this time is Terry, Thomas and Hoadley.
1810 - Thomas and Hoadley buy out Eli Terry's share of the business and continue making long case clocks in the same location.
1813 - Seth Thomas sells his partnership interest to Hoadley and moves to Plymouth Hollow, Conn. to set up his own factory. He begins by buying Herman Clark's clockmaking business which was focused on tall case clock production using wooden movements.
1816 - Seth Thomas begins producing clocks using Eli Terry's newly patented wooden 30 hour shelf clock movement. The patent was granted on June 12, 1816. Thomas licenses the rights to use Terry's movement designs in his clock. His labels read "E. Terry's Patent Clock Made and Sold by Seth Thomas, Plymouth, Con." (see label, below) These clocks were housed in the popular Pillar and Scroll type cases until around 1830, when other styles were introduced.
1842 - Thomas begins using brass movements, first using them in the popular Ogee style cases with curved, mold rectangular wood frames.
1845 - By this time spring driven brass movements become the de-facto standard of American 19th century clockmakers, leading Thomas to discontinue production of his famed wooden clock movements and use brass movements exclusively.
1853 - Seth Thomas incorporates his business as the Seth Thomas Clock Company.
1859 - Seth Thomas dies. His three sons, Seth Thomas, Jr., Aaron, and Edward continue the business.
1866 - The town of Plymouth Hollow honors the legacy of Seth Thomas, Sr., by changing its name to Thomaston. You will find this change reflected in the labels on Seth Thomas clocks made after this time. A new company was formed at that time named Seth Thomas Sons and Company. It specialized in making movements for marine clocks as well as high quality 15 day spring wound movements for mantel clocks.
1872 - Seth Thomas Sons and Company adds a line of street clocks and tower clocks, becoming the leader for these types of clocks.
1879 - The two companies merged to become the originally named Seth Thomas Clock Company.
1884 - The Seth Thomas Watch Company is formed to manufacture jeweled pocket watches. Their first model used 11 jewel movements. By 1886 the line had expanded to 7 jewel, 11 jewel, 15 jewel and 17 jewel models.
1915 - Seth Thomas ends its production of pocket watches.
1931 - The Seth Thomas Clock Company becomes a subsidiary of The General Time Instrument Company with Seth E. Thomas, Jr. (great grandson of Seth Thomas) as chairman of the board. GTIC is a holding company that also acquires Western Vlock Company, combining them into one entity.
1932 - Seth E. Thomas, Jr., dies. The Thomas family's control of the GTIC ends.
1949 - The Seth Thomas Clock Company became a subsidiary of General Time Corporation.
1968 - General Time Corp. becomes a subsidiary of Talley Industries.
1979 - Its headquarters move from Thomaston, Conn to Norcross, GA
2001 - The Colibri Group buys Seth Thomas' assets after General Time ends its operations.
2009 - The Colibri Group goes into receivership.
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