Founded in 1853, the New Haven Clock Company was the first to mass-produce brass clock movements in America. The company was formed to supply these movements to the Jerome Manufacturing Company, then the largest clockmaker in the world. When Jerome went bankrupt in 1856, New Haven Clock Company purchased it.

One of the primary benefits of the Jerome purchase for New Haven was the good reputation of the Jerome brand and the network of companies that remained interested in selling its clocks. In England, Jerome & Co. Ltd. sold Jerome clocks for New Haven until 1904, when New Haven purchased the English firm outright.

Among the Jerome clocks that New Haven produced for export was an 1860 mantel clock called the Duchess. It had a rosewood veneer case, an angled top, Roman-numeral letters on its dial, and a glass window to reveal the swinging pendulum inside.

Double-dial calendar clocks, for walls and shelves, were also popular. Some had light oak cases, some were made of rich walnut, and still others were produced by New Haven for the National Calendar Clock Company. One of these has three finials on top and is especially sought by collectors of antique New Haven clocks thanks to the word "Fashion" emblazoned between the two dials (Fashion was a popular magazine of the day; Seth Thomas and others also made these so-called Fashion clocks).

Perhaps the most collectible of the late 19th-century New Haven clocks is the Ignatz, or flying pendulum shelf clock, from 1884. Instead of a lever, anchor, recoil, or other traditional type of escapement, the flying pendulum had a ball-and-string "tetherball" escapement that whipped from side to side on the top of the clock’s case. New Haven produced them as Jerome & Co. clocks, but only for about a year.

New Haven made hundreds of other models, from banjo clocks to regulators to grandfathers, with names like Anglo, English, Glenor, and Occidental. In 1880, they even added a line of non-jeweled pocket watches.

But mismanagement plagued the otherwise successful company. After flirting with bankruptcy in 1894, New Haven pulled itself together in 1902 when Walter C. Camp, who was then kno...

The changes Camp instituted were enough to keep the company profitable through the Depression, but after World War II, the company struggled through disruption caused by a takeover and poor sales, finally folding operations in 1960, a little more than 100 years after it had been founded.

Key terms for Antique New Haven Clocks:

Escapement: A device that converts the pressure of a spring or coil into a fixed release of movement.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

National Watch and Clock Museum

National Watch and Clock Museum

This virtual museum, created by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, lets you stroll through tim… [read review or visit site]

Clockhistory.com

Clockhistory.com

Bill Stoddard's clock history site offers a trove of great reference information on clock and watch makers includin… [read review or visit site]

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Check out this sampling of nautical and maritime items held by the U.K.'s National Maritime Museum and Royal Observ… [read review or visit site]

Dan and Diana's Lux Clock Collection

Dan and Diana's Lux Clock Collection

Dan and Diana Lockett's amazing collection of several hundred novelty Lux clocks made by the Lux Clock Manufacturin… [read review or visit site]

Detex Watchman's Clock Album

Detex Watchman's Clock Album

Philip Haselton's guide to watchmen's time recording equipment. Includes 19th century German portables, 20th centur… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique New Haven 31-day Maywood ClockFancy New Haven Clock Co. Wall Hanging Kitchen ClockAntique New Haven Standard Time Calender Clock Oak Bottom Trim PieceVintage New Haven Clock Company Antique Wooden Mantle Clocks 1-chime StrikesNice Looking New Haven Clock Co. Porcelain Dial Banjo Clock Rare Gristmill GlasAntique New Haven Clock Company Whitney Banjo Clock With Chimes Shelf/mantel Steeple Clock By Chauncey Jerome - New Haven Clock CompanyNew Haven Striking Og Weight Mantle ClockVintage New Haven Mantle Clock 5.75" Dial Bezel Beveled Heavy Glass Antique New Haven Walnut ClockOld 1800s New Haven Gingerbread Parlor Lg Shelf Mantle Clock Movement PartsVintage New Haven Clock Co Shelf Mantle Weight Driven Time Chime Strike Thirty Day New Haven Double Wind Saturn Clock Movement, Running...Antique New Haven Mantel ClockAntique New Haven Mantle Clock From The Early 1900's #64Vintage Bakelite Mounted Alarm Clock New Haven Not WorkingAntique New Haven Mantel Shelf Clock Movement Parts RepairAntique New Haven Clock Co. Mantle Clock Nice Floral Dial WorkingNew Haven 1915 Mantle Clock With Hour & 1/2 Hour StrikeNew Haven Clock - Shelf Mantel Table Heavy Metal Vintage Working Gift No ReserveVintage 53 54 55 1953 1954 Chevy Car Truck Working Wind-up Dash Clock AccessoryAntique 1910 New Haven Mantel Chime Clock Antique New Haven 12-day Mini Banjo Clock Parts Or Restore!Alarm Clock Vtg Antique New Haven Clock Wind Up Peg Leg Wine Barrel Sliver VtgVintage New Haven 12 Day Banjo Wall ClockNew Haven Merchants Line "a" Wood Kitchen Clock C.1911Antique New Haven Beehive Mantel Mantle Clock-not Working!Antique New Haven Heavy Iron Black Mantel Project Clock, Parts, Nice DesignVintage Old Miniature New Haven Hump Back Mantel Alarm Clock/mahogany WoodAntique New Haven Mantel Shelf Clock Movement Parts RepairAntique New Haven Tambour 54 Shelf Mantle Clock Vintage Antique New Haven Mantle Clock Movement Parts RestoreLot-2 New Haven & Gilbert Repair Restore Mantel Tambour Cabinet Shelf ClocksAntique New Haven Mantel Clock Movement And Glass Bezel & Dial Face Parts RepairOriginal New Haven Westminster Chime Clock Movement Dial Parts  Unsigned New Haven Parlor Clock Movement & MoreVintage New Haven Kitchen Wall Clock By Burwood