In 1902, William E. Sessions, who ran the Sessions Foundry Company in Bristol, Connecticut, and his nephew A.L. Sessions bought the controlling interest of the fledgling clockmaker E.N. Welch Company, which was about to shut its doors. By early 1903, E.N. Welch had become the Sessions Clock Company, and the production of all clock parts—movements, dials, artwork and castings, and cases—continued in nearby Forestville.
The peak period of production for the Sessions Clock Company was from 1903 to 1930. At first, Sessions simply continued to produce Welch clocks, notably the black mantel clock and the oak-cased kitchen clock. To date these clocks, collectors needn’t look past the label. If it was made before 1903, the label will read “E.N. Welch.” If it was made after 1903, it will say both “E.N. Welch” and “Sessions Clock Company.” The process of phasing out the Welch brand was gradual, though by 1920 the old name was practically gone.
Around that time, Sessions began upgrading its clocks and moving on from the old Welch designs. One of the first of these new Sessions clocks was a then state-of-the-art regulator—clocks from this period are favorites of collectors today.
The move to regulators worked well for awhile, but by 1930 Sessions realized that electricity was the wave of the future. Thus, the company began producing electric clocks, radio timers, and even televisions. The Great Depression caused Sessions to cease production of spring-wound clocks altogether in 1936, and, during World War II, the Sessions plant devoted itself to the manufacture of war materials.
After the war, Sessions shifted gears again by making cheap electric alarm clocks and kitchen clocks. In 1956, it changed its name to The Sessions Company as sales began to slump. Although innovation was not the company’s strong suit, in the ’50s it introduced “The Lady,” a family-planning clock that was set to a woman’s menstrual cycle to show the days during which she was most fertile. Not surprisingly, these clocks were never very popular during the conservative 1950s, although they are highly sought after by collectors today.
In 1958 Sessions was sold to Consolidated Electronics Industries Corporation, a New York-based company, though production in Connecticut continued. That same year William Sessions, Jr., left Sessions to become a founding member of The New England Clock Company. Following a workers’ strike in 1968, Sessions was sold to United Metal Goods Company, and the Connecticut office was done. By 1969, The Sessions Company was no longer making clocks.
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Time crunch: City scrambles to destroy buildingBristol Press, March 19th
The payloader that ripped into the structure pulled brick walls away from the river, yanked out trees growing through the walls and roof of the building that was once part of Sessions Clock complex. Lauretti, a construction firm, has been there since 1967...Read more
Pre-1930 autos, motorcycles rolling in to SCAntique Trader, April 6th
Features include a chauffeur's compartment with rich walnut dashboard, fitted with the original Cadillac speedometer/odometer and Sessions clock; a passenger compartment with beveled glass, walnut burl and rich fabric; a brass tube and trumpet-style ...Read more
Joe Rosson: 'Black Mantel Clock' made by Sessions in early 1900sKnoxville News Sentinel, July 14th
It is dark black and the back panel has the label “Sessions Clock Company, Forestville, Conn, USA.” There is some thought that it may have been part of a promotion by a local company, but that is uncertain. Any information you can provide is appreciated...Read more
Rare banks worth a pretty penny - and moreLas Vegas Review-Journal, May 22nd
It was made by Sessions Clock Corp. and keeps perfect time. Does it have any value? A: The New York World's Fair opened on April 30, 1939, the 150th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States. It ran until the end...Read more
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Crocked character clutches crazy clockQuad City Times, March 5th
This is a product of the Sessions Clock Co., a business that dates to 1903 and is one of six manufacturers in the Connecticut area that collectively produced most of the mechanical clocks in America during the first half of the 20th century. Electric...Read more
Novelty clock lights the wayDeseret News, July 29th
Another source links this company to the more famous Sessions Clock Company, but exactly how they were connected is left rather vague. This source also maintains that the United Clock Company was known for its "carnival clocks" — or cheap novelty ...Read more
Being Afraid in WarBlogcritics.org (blog), April 5th
Within a few moments, every person in that room near a light—turned it off—all except a night light inside a large Sessions clock standing on the mantle. The clock was an imitation of the front of a silver airplane with large wings; Its face so...Read more