German Hermle Wall Clock, New England Clock Company

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 02, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

A beautiful wall clock made by the New England Clock Co. It is solid oak with a triple chime hermle mechanism. The clock is in outstanding condition with it's original box and paperwork. The clock plays westminster, st. michaels, and whittington chimes you can select from. It also has a silencer. The previous owner said it hardly got used. The clock is about ten years old. I cleaned and oiled the mechanism. It keeps excellent time and the chimes are wonderful.

" Let The Chimes Ring Merry Christmas"

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Dimensions of the clock are; H 24 1/2, W 10 3/4, D 5 1/4

The New England Clock Company has roots dating back to around 1835 when Jonathan Clark Brown and a bunch of investors started up a business named the Forestville Manufacturing Company in Forestville, Connecticut. Forestville is a section of Bristol w my father and uncles "Phillips Automotive" sold and serviced International Harvester trucks and Studebaker Packard automobiles. Forestville Manufacturing went bankrupt about 25 years later and Eliha Nils Welch, one of the debtors, absorbed it by default. For 10 years, he ran a tight ship and the company prospered. It was renamed the E. N. Welch Manufacturing Company in 1864. Welch produced a number of clocks including movements for other clock manufacturing companies and specialized in producing various springs for mechanical devices.
At the turn-of-the-century, E. N. Welch wasn't doing too well. As part of their manufacturing process, they used a local foundry just down the road in order to produce castings. The foundry owner's son, William E. Sessions, took an interest in horology and bought the controlling stock in the E. N. Welch Company. In 1903, Welch jumped out and the Sessions Clock Company was organized. Under William's authority, the Sessions Clock Company produced everything required for their line of clocks, including movements, cases, dials, artwork and of coarse, castings.
Sessions realized that the future of clock making was turning to electricity, so in 1930, the company expanded to produce electric clocks, timers for radios, televisions and other devices. They also kept producing traditional brass mechanical movements. In 1956, Sessions was absorbed by a company interested mainly in their timing devices. Kept as the Sessions Company, the new owners ran the operation until 1969 when the decline in business forced its liquidation.
William K. Sessions, grandson of William E., disliked working for the new company, so in 1959, he left to form The New England Clock Company. As a youngster, I remember Bill visiting my father's truck garage on occasion. He had a place called "Sessions Woods" about 5 miles away. Anyway, Bill worked out of his cellar designing a kind of contemporary collection of clocks; however, colonial style was in at that time so the New England Clock Company emphasized colonial style timepieces with floral decoration.
The New England Clock Company moved three times before ending up in Farmington, CT. Old Bill Sessions was no longer around and the company was absorbed by a group of investors left-over from International Silver Company in the 1980's. Their modern, one story plant produced traditional and transitional styles as well as historical reproductions of the past. Although fitted with German mechanical movements, the clocks were entirely made in the USA. Their case work was superb, but the cost of operation in today's American society proved overwhelming. I remember my cousin Eddy calling one day. He said that The New England Clock Company was going under and t were dumpsters outside the building loaded with all kinds of goodies. When he arrived, the dum...