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Mantel Clock - Sessions Clock Co, Forestville, Connecticut, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: ST 032908

Summary:
Mantel clock, black wooden case with brass Corinthian columns. Made by Sessions Clock Co, Forestville, Connecticut, circa 1910.
Description:
Black wooden case with two brass Corinthian columns each side. White chapter with fretted brass dial, with ornate arabic numerals. Strikes hours on gong and half hours on bell.

Spring wound; anchor escapement.
Acquisition Information:
Unknown from Unknown
Discipline: Technology

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Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Clocks
Tertiary Classification: united states of america
Inscriptions: Below 6 on dial is name 'Sessions'. Back has paper label marked 'The Sessions C', 'Successors to the E.N. Welch, Forrestville Con'.
Manufacturer: Sessions Clock Co. (successors to E.N. Welch Manufacturing Co.), Bristol- Forrestville, Connecticut, United States of America, circa 1910

Comments

Colleen Posted on 05 Feb 2010 3:06 AM
My Mom owns an antique clock which states it was made by Sessions in Forestville, Conn, USA, it's an old mantle clock but we can't find any dates or numbers anywhere. Without sounding stupid, did Sessions actually make clocks years ago without numbers on them? How can we identify when the clock was made? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, Colleen Robertson
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 Feb 2010 3:32 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Dear Colleen - Sessions made clocks from roughly 1903. An internet search for "sessions clocks model names" brings up at least one page with a list of models, which, when clicked on, show a picture of the model. You should be able to narrow it down to a model from there. Once you know the model name, a search or a local antique clock specialist should be able to give you more information regarding dates and condition. All the best!
MICHELE JONES Posted on 05 Mar 2010 7:31 AM
I HAVE A EN WELCH MANTLE CLOCK IT WAS MY GRAND PARENTS EIGHT DAY 40 HOUR BRASS CLOCKS IS WHAT IT SAYS ON THE INSIDE OF THE CLOCK LOOKS LIKE A OLD NEW PAPER INSIDE THE BACK OF CLOCK ON THE FRONT OF THE CLOCK IT HAS SOME PAINTING OR SOME KIND OF ART WORK IT HAS A WIND UP KEY BUT I DONT SEE ANY #,S
Marc Cole Posted on 05 Mar 2010 10:25 AM
I have a Sessions Eight Day Half-Hour Strike Cathedral Gong (Turn Back) Mantel Clock. Made in Forestville, CN. There is no serial number on the paper label still attached to the back of the clock. It is made of wood, 12" H x 10" w x 5" deep. I can't find anything that looks like it in my searches. Can you suggest anything to help me date this clock. Been in my family I think since the 1890's or so. Thank you.
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Mar 2010 2:20 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Marc, contacting an expert in horology may be a great place to start. You can search online for an Australian expert via the Australian Antiquarian Horological Society here: http://www.clockandwatchclub.com/default.htm and I am sure there is a similar organisation closer to home! Good Luck with your research.
anthony Holman Posted on 20 Mar 2010 6:57 PM
Re:32908 i have a clock simular to the one in the picture...if i could send you a pic. of it maybe your expert can give some date / and something about it as i an very interested yet pretty ignorant on it background..thanks.AH...[Mantel clock, black wooden case with brass Corinthian columns. Made by Sessions Clock Co, Forestville, Connecticut, circa 1910].
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Mar 2010 12:33 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Anthony - Museum Victoria does offer a free identification service. To send an enquiry, click on the 'Ask the experts' link below and then on 'Identifications' in the menu at left. Please provide us with images and, prior to sending us your enquiry, please read our identification guidelines.
John Gearing Posted on 23 Mar 2010 1:27 PM
I grew up in Bristol, Connecticut (Forestville is part of Bristol) which was home to many clock companies, including Sessions. My dad worked for Sessions in the late 40's as I recall. An excellent resource for many clock questions, particularly for those clocks made in or near Bristol is The American Clock and Watch Museum (in Bristol, and a vert nice way to spend an afternoon if you are ever visiting). They have a rather nice website: http://clockandwatchmuseum.org
And they offer a paid research service their curator will perform for those who would like to learn more about the clock they own. Cheers, and it's nice to see some Sessions clocks are still extant.
MARY BOWMAN Posted on 06 Jun 2010 11:51 PM
I HAVE A MANTEL CLOCK FROM I BELIEVE CIRCA 1910 FROM FORRESTVILLE CN. THE REG #IS 531. WONDERED IF ANYONE MIGHT KNOW VALUE ETC.
stella crew Posted on 23 Jun 2010 1:23 AM
my sessions clock has 2 keys . The bigger key fits the 2 bottom and the smaller the hole at the top. what is the smaller key for?
Discovery Centre Posted on 23 Jun 2010 4:10 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Stella, it's hard for us to identify your clock and provide you with further information based on a short description. We recommend that you contact a horologist who may be able to look at the clock and provide further information. Please see our Question of the Week for further advice: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/horology/
Robin Huntley Posted on 21 Oct 2013 7:43 AM
I have an eight day half hour strike clock from The Sessions Clock Co. thats been in the family at least 70 years. It's in very good condition but the numbers are shifted, the 12 is in the 4 spot and so on. A dealer told me everything looks original except the face doesn't have the session logo under the 12, but Iv'e seen other clocks that don't either. Could this be how it was made?

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