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Joseph Ives "Brooklyn" Accelerating Lever or "Wagon Spring" Shelf Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2804M
Date / Time :
April 25, 2015 10:00AM


Joseph Ives "Brooklyn" Accelerating Lever or "Wagon Spring" Shelf Clock, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1825-30, with 10 1/2-in. printed paper on iron Roman numeral dial marked Joseph Ives/New York, polished pewter bezel over the mahogany veneered midsection flanked by two freestanding columns, the lower box with reverse-painted tablet depicting a rural scene on a lake, opens to the printed maker's label stating in part, Manufactured by Joseph Ives, Brooklyn, Long Island, New York, ball feet, eight-day, wrought brass, wagon-spring, roller pinion movement with countwheel strike, recoil escapement and pendulum, ht. 28 in.

Provenance: Dr. Martin Baker; 3-27-91 Bourne Auctions; Terry and Karen Brotherton.

Literature: A closely related example is illustrated and discussed in Kenneth Roberts, The Contributions of Joseph Ives to Connecticut Clock Technology, 1810-1862, pp. 74-76. The present clock is illustrated in American Shelf and Wall Clocks, p. 52; and Horological Rarities of Space City '99, p. 3.
Estimate $8,000-12,000

Paper dial discolored and stained, replacement hands, restored lower tablet.

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Joseph Ives, Brooklyn, Karen Brotherton, Martin Baker, Terry Brotherton