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    Posted 2 months ago

    Bruce99
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    J.C. Brown (Johnathan Clark Brown, Jr.) 1807 - 1872. Brown was a well-known American clockmaker from the mid-19th Century.
    In 1842 he formed J.C. Brown & Co. He used both his own name and Forestville Mfg. Co. on the labels.

    This ripple molded clock by J C Brown was made circa 1850. It was among the first of the “shelf clocks” using coiled steel springs instead of weights. It features an optional spring-powered alarm movement.

    The evolution of power storage is literally a driving factor behind many of our applied technologies. Generally speaking, clocks evolved using weights, springs, and various forms of electricity. The use of springs allowed manufacturers to offer much smaller, less expensive clocks to the public.

    The typical “Beehive” clock often used plain moldings and featured a reverse painted glass showing a wide variety of themes, including beehives.

    J. C. Brown added several very distinctive patterns of “ripple” moldings with the variety of etch glass panels. In good condition these clocks generate a lot of interest from Clock Collectors.

    Because of a factory fire, we don't really know how Brown's company went about carving these distinctive patterns

    Brown’s business failed in 1855, and he was bought out by E.N. Welch. The J.C. Brown factory became part of the E.N. Welch clock manufacturing complex. Welch Clocks also eventually failed and was bought out by Sessions. See this Collectors Weekly link for more details: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/clocks/sessions.

    Hope you enjoy our Ripple Front Mantel/Shelf clock

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Bruce

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
      A Handsome Timepiece !!!!
    2. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Awesome antique clock, the gothic arch shape is very beautiful & what a lovely kaleidoscopic image on glass door
    3. scottvez scottvez, 2 months ago
      Beautiful!!

      scott
    4. Alfie21 Alfie21, 2 months ago
      Thanks for providing the interesting history, which makes the clock real special. It's Beautiful !
    5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you vetraio50, Newfld, scottvez and Alfie21 for stopping by, your "Love it" clicks and very kind comments.
      In addition I would like to send my thanks to:
      Ben
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      Cisum
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      Watchsearcher
      fortapache
      Designer
      BIFHOS
      chrisseylovescats
      and officialfuel
      You folks make Collectors Weekly a wonderful community to share and enjoy!
      Thank you, thank you, thank you!
      Sincerely,
      Bruce
    6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you,
      farmlady
      shughs and
      Lady_Picker
      For stopping by and for your "Love it" click of approval. :)
      Much appreciated.
      Bruce
    7. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you ttomtucker!
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you aura!
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you Beachbum58! Glad you enjoyed our Ripple Front. A day at the beach would be nice before the weather turns cold. :)
    10. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you sanhardin for your "Love it" click of approval.
    11. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 month ago
      Thank you Cisum!
    12. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 month ago
      Thank you:
      Searching1
      Vinil33rpm
      and Mrs. Tyndall!
      Your "Love its" are much appreciated.

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