Based on the label, this ogee is believed to date to just before the bankruptcy of the Jerome Manufacturing Co. in February 1856. The wood dial appears to be original, as is the tablet. The tablet depicts the Sailors’ Home in Liverpool, which accepted its first boarders in December 1852. See below for an oddity associated with the label.
Label printed by John Benham
Printer’s line stating, “BENHAM, Printer,/56 Orange-st., New Haven”. In years of researching labels, I have never before run across the 56 Orange St. address. In 1856 Benham moved his shop from 55 Orange St. to the Glebe Building at the corner of Church and Chapel Streets. I suspect the “56″ is a typo, as it seems implausible that Benham moved, in the space of a year, from 55 Orange across the street to 56 and then to the Glebe Building.
Type 1.314 30-hr movement (front)
Type 1.314 30-hr movement (back)
Maker’s stamp “CHAUNCEY JEROME/NEW HAVEN, CONN/USA”
Inscription on the back of the tablet reading, “C. Dickinson Haddam Nov 22-/64″