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Antique E and GW Bartholomew Clock

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Sold Date: July, 2002
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E and GW Bartholomew

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Hollow Column column and splat shelf clock "Improved Clocks, Manufactured By E. & G.W. Bartholomew, Bristol, Conn". Eli and George W. were cousins and formed a partnership in 1828. It lasted until 1832. They made several kinds of clocks but their unique product was the hollow column clock. A number of other clockmakers also manufactured them but the Bartholomew's are credited with originating them. The only one commanding a bigger price is the A. Munger "Stovepipe" version, the columns are metal but hollow. This excellent case is 38 inches high with the early brass finials. I see other hollow column's pictured with finials, some wood, some brass. This mahogany veneer case has 1 or 2 tiny veneer tweaks, not bad for 170 years. Full round veneered columns are 3 inches, columns on side of middle glass are full round and solid. Top door opens right to left and bottom left to right. Top glass has original putty, middle is a later addition, bottom is a great painting of the whale hunters, backed by an old and brittle paper water color of a whaling ship. I can't see any artist names but I will call it original. The thin-thin wood dial was professionally repainted. Perfect full label, original weights, pendulum, and key. 30 hour wood movement. Old carved eagle splat and feet has an antique gold finish. The eagle has some age cracks, not breaks. Ivory escutcheon and working lock with an old key. There are many references about the Bartholomew's and their hollow column clocks. Some are listed with the other Bartholomew hollow column.

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