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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Charles Alvah Smith (CAS) was an American original.

    He was a Brattleboro VT maker of unique wooden works wall timepieces (i.e., time only). Supposedly he did not make a time and strike "clock". However, there's one pictured here!

    He created by hand just over 600 timepieces. He was active from the early 1930's until he succumbed to a stroke in 1945. The bulk of his production was during the years of WWII when the production of America's CT clock factories was devoted to war time production. His clocks, which used a limited amount of metal, were in great demand.

    I've posted a few examples of his wonderful and unique clocks from my collection. No 2 are quite the same.

    For more about this wonderful folk artist who produced functional objects, i.e., clocks, see this from the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) Message Board (for full access, you may have to become a registered user; IMHO, quite a worthwhile thing to do):

    Also see the monograph by a John Anderson published by the NAWCC, "Charles Alvah Smith: Vermont maker of Unusual Wood Clocks".

    Unfortunately, I'm limited to 4 pix.


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    1. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      Nice collection and great information.
      Is the middle Ogee-looking one in picture 3 also one of his? Did he reuse old cases?
    2. groveland, 3 years ago
      The ogee like clock I believe to which you refer is a Chauncey Jerome 30 hour time and strike weight driven brass works flat pilaster wall clock in a faux marble case. Quite rare to find in such good condition. The lower stenciled tablet is by William B. Fenn.

      CAS did not reuse old cases.

    3. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Beautiful clock collection

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