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]

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 Time Only Banjo Clock MovementAntique Brass Automobile Winding Clock Made By New Haven1947 1948 Ford Dash Clock Super Deluxe Rat Hot Rod Works No Reserve 1946?Vintage New Haven Clock Co. Mantle Clock With Chimes Needs RepairAntique New Haven Clock Co. Bronze Gilt Cherub Angel Art Nouveau ClockArt Nouveau Antique Hand Painted Porcelain Mantle Desk Clock New Haven MovementAntique New Haven Figural Mantel Clock Movement & Dial Parts RepairAntique Art Nouveau New Haven Figural Cherub Angel Shelf Clock Parts RepairAntique Clock Feet Ansonia Seth Thomas New HavenEarly 1875 New Haven Bee Hive Clock1800s New Haven Mantle Shelf Lion Lions Gargoyle Side Ornaments Trim Clock PartsNew Haven Wall Clock Antique New Haven Eastlake Victorian Walnut Mantle Clock 1881 Glass FrontAntique New Haven Gingerbread Clock Movement3 Old Clock Cases Parlor Kitchen Gingerbread New Haven Ingraham Seth Thomas Old Antique 1840 - 1860 New Haven Ogee Weight Clock Case +original Dial !!!!New Haven Double End Mantle Shelf Clock Key Parts NosVery Nice!! New Haven School House Clock Keywind Calendar MovementVanishing Alarm Clock. New Haven Connecticut, (petrie & Lewis Ca 1929 ??)Antique C1850 Jerome & Co 30-hour Og Clock New Haven Conn Wall Mantel Clock Antique New Haven Parlor Gingerbread Shelf Clock Clyde Model Aka Christmas Tree Nice Antique Walnut Cased New Haven Shelf Clock Runs - Has KeyNew Haven Tampa Wall Shop Regulator Clock Oak Door Standard Time Original GlassA Vintage New Haven Clock Movement For Parts Or RepairNew Haven Cottage Clock Circa 1910New Haven Store Shop Box Regulator Wall Clock 8 Day Time Movement 15" Drop New Haven Store Shop Box Regulator Wall Clock Pendulum Brass Bob Oak StickAntique New Haven Store Shop Box Regulator Wall Clock 12" Dial Time OnlyPainted Dial Shelf Mantle Clock Seth New Haven Waterbury Ansonia Welch N.o.s. 5Real Nice 1930's New Haven ClockVintage Retro! 70s Burwood New Haven Kitchen Wall Clock - Wine Cheese Veggies New Haven Face Clock,brass Ring And Still Nice Paper Face ClockAntique New Haven Store Shop Box Regulator Wall Clock Hands For 12" DialAntique Clock Columns Ansonia Seth Thomas Sessions New HavenVintage New Haven Alarm Clock Parts/repair