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.

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 Sessions Mantle Clock For Parts Or RepairSessions "plymouth" Round Top Mahogany Shelf Clock - Excellent ConditionVintage Antique Sessions Kitchen Gingerbread Shelf Clock For Parts Or RepairAntique Sessions Mantle Clock Case W/ Feet Handles Pillars And PartsAntique Sessions Adamantine Mantle Clock Movement With Gong And Pendulum BobAntique The Sessions Black Pillar Mantle/shelf Clock Lions HeadSessions Antique Mantle Clock 100% All Original Fancy Design Looks & Runs Great!Vintage Wood Case Sessions Mantel Clock Very Nice Case Free ShippingAntique Sessions Clock Movement Sessions Mantle Clock Pillars For Parts Or Repair Tlc Sessions Mantle Clock Dial With Bezel And GlassAntique Sessions "arts & Crafts" Mission Mantel Clock. Runs & Strikes Well!!!Antique Sessions Wall Clock Advertising Orange Crush Soda Drug Store Oak RunsVintage Sessions Orange Kitchen Wall ClockVintage Retro Mid Century Sessions Saucer Metal Electric Wall Clock Not Working Sessions Mantel Clock With Pendulum And Key Repair Or PartsAntique Sessions Mantel Clock Key & Pendulum PartsSessions Antique Black Lacquer Mantel/shelf ClockSessions Clock Company Repair And Information ManualEagle Banjo Clock Top Sessions Gilbert Seth Thomas New HavenAntique Sessions/ingraham Adamantine Mantle Clock Feet (2 Front, 2 Back)Vintage Sessions Goodyear Tire Clock,running...selling With No Reserve.!!!Vintage Industrial Sessions Old School House Glass Metal 14" ClockWall Store Regulator Clock Decal Transfer Glass Waterbury Ingraham Sessions #2Lot Of 4 Vintage Electric Wall Clocks Spartus Telechron Panelescent SessionsSessions Westminster Chiming Tambour Mantel Clock Antique Antique Sessions Banjo Clock - Non-working Parts Or Repair - Nautical ThemeSessions Electric Clock For Parts. Lady BallerinaArt Deco Wood Metal Clock Decorate Vintage Retro Sessions Rare Alarm ClockVintage1950s Sessions Clock-genuine Howell China Porcelain Desk/matel ClockSessions Halifax Banjo Clock Replacement Picture #2Sessions Mantle Shelf Clock Key Double End Size 6 PartsSessions Mantle Shelf Clock Key Size 6 Parts NosVintage Electric "lady Sessions" Family Planning Clock Model 13021 C.1955Sessions Clock Company Table Clock Brass Antique 1949 Vintage Wooden Electric Clock By Sessions - Made In Mid. 1940's

Recent News: Sessions Clocks

Source: Google News

Over 350 Lots of Coin-op, Musical Items, Advertising, Toys, Country Store ...
PR Web (press release), September 3rd

Sessions Clock Company · Seth Thomas · Seth Thomas Gallery Clock · Seth Thomas Wall Regulator · Shelf Clock · Silk Thread Clock · Skeleton Clock · Standard Electric Time Co. Steam Engine Clock · Steeple Clock · Swing Clock · Tabour Clock · Tavern ...Read more

Pre-1930 autos, motorcycles rolling in to SC
Antique 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 1900s
Knoxville 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 more
Las 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

YouTube, May 17th

ZEBRA DOTS - RSL SESSIONS [ELEPHANT STRONG] Download 'Walking On A Chance' album here: Buy Online: Website: Facebook: ...Read more

Crocked character clutches crazy clock
Quad 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 way
Deseret 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

54: Sessions "Clinton" Hanging Clock
Auction Central News, January 3rd

1850's American Early Shelf Clock Signed Session with... Jay Anderson Antique Auction. 07:00 PT. Jan 3 2015. BID NOW · UNDER REVIEW · Lot 33 · 33: Sessions Bronze 8 Day Clock W/opal Accent. Sessions Clock Company (American, first half of 20th...Read more