04-13-2002 04-13-2002
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Bolton MA
April 13, 2002 10:00 AMCalender

Davis-Pattern Medical Coil by Jerome, Jewell & Co.

Auction: Sale #2133 - 2133 Location: Bolton Date / Time: April 13, 2002 10:00AM


Davis-Pattern Medical Coil by Jerome, Jewell & Co., Bristol, Connecticut, 1847-49, with red-covered coil, brass bindings with foliate and geometric cast designs and twin urn finials, brass contacts and pillars, on rosewood base with ball feet and maker's label "...Manufacturers of Galvanic Instruments...," wd. 10 in., with twin electrodes and green painted cell.

Note: Noble Jerome was brother of Chauncey Jerome, the man who more than anyone revolutionized the clock-making industry in this country, by being the first to mass produce stamped-brass clock movements. Noble, too, was a clock-maker, and before 1840 was in business with his brother, who in the late 1830s financed the manufacture of his rolled-brass 30-hour movements for ogee cases. He was in partnership with Lyman Jewell and David Mathews as Jerome, Jewell & Co. for only two years, and according to their bankruptcy records of January 8, 1849, besides clocks and related material, they had in stock one hundred and twenty-five "vibrating machines" valued at $744.43 as well as one hundred fifty parts for armatures and sixty-five spools of copper wire. Nobel Jerome went on to become superintendent of the Waterbury Clock Company's factory and was killed in a freak accident in 1861 when a piece of a building fell on his head.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


Chauncey Jerome, Jerome Jewell & Co., Connecticut, Lyman Jewell, David Mathews, superintendent , Waterbury Clock Company