Rev. Benjamin C. Phelps, Wethersfield, Ct., an unusual signed and dated two train skeleton clock, the thick brass frames supported by a pair of conical pillars with knurled caps and bases, wheel work with four and five spoke crossings, cut steel pinions, the barrels decorated with engraved, overlapping circles, recoil escapement with carnelian Brocot pallets, count wheel outside the front plate and to the left of the roman numeral white enamel dial, count wheel detent lever above the dial and marked "B.C. Phelps 1884", pendulum with square steel rod and brass clad bob, all beneath an oval glass dome with conforming, ebonized wooden base
CONDITION: dial with filled losses above center arbor and with numerous hairlines, hands abraded and with minor oxidation, cock retaining strike ratchet separating from its base, all brass components with tarnish, movement very oily and dirty, steel components with minor oxidation, escape wheel appears to have always been mounted as it is presently, pendulum with minor oxidation and tarnish, suspension spring soldered to rod, ebonizing on base with minor losses, dome good. Reverend Benjamin C. Phelps (1810-1896) was born in Sand Lake, New York. The 1840 Federal Census records his location as East Windsor, Ct., and the 1850 Census finds him in East Hartford. The state gazeteer and business directory of 1865-66 states that he is chaplain at Wethersfield State Prison. This clock and three others are discussed and illustrated in the NAWCC bulletin, vol. 20, number 194, page 244- 256. The first two are timepieces, with frames modeled on their English counterparts. The others have unique frames, presumably of his own design. The last clock in the Bulletin article was apparently unfinished, as there were empty holes in the plates, and no dial. It was later donated to othe American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, and has had components made by the late Adolph Amend, Jr. fitted to complete the clock.
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $2400
DIMENSIONS: 15.25in x 10.5in x 6in