Shelf clock

Object Number: 
ca. 1846
Mahogany, other wood, brass, other metal, glass
Overall: 25 3/4 x 15 3/8 x 4 1/4 in. ( 65.4 x 39.1 x 10.8 cm )
impressed: in clockworks: "C. BOARDMAN / BRISTOL, CONN, / USA" printed in white: on glass: "CROTON FOUNTAIN, NY" printed in black: on paper label affixed to interior: "J. J. W. BEALS' CLOCK ESTABLISHMENT / CORNER OF HANOVER & BLACKSTONE STREETS, / ALSO-
Ogee clock with rectangular frame and rectangular glass door divided into two parts; bottom of door with reverse-painted scene of fountain and intersection with figures (outlines printed in black with colors applied behind), captioned "Croton Fountain, NY"; top of door made of clear glass, revealing a dial painted on wood with black Roman numerals, fruits, and leaves; visible escapement.
Gallery Label: 
In celebration of the opening of the Croton Aqueduct in 1842, fountains were installed in several New York City public parks to symboize the engineering feat that made the modern city possible. On the evening of the Croton celebration, the fountain in Union Square Park was illuminated with colored fireworks. This clock may depict the famous cast iron fountain in City Hall Park.
Credit Line: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group