Clocks

A Look at Collectible American Ogee Clocks

Collectible American Ogee Clocks
Written by Dimi

Ogee clocks feature hand painted lead and zinc dial plates and twin glass door panes. Rare examples feature the manufacturers name within the case. The information usually appeared on a paper label pasted in the case behind the pendulum bob. Restoring and caring for Ogee clocks requires some attention to detail …

American Ogee clocks were common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

They were a splendid combination of art and clockwork featuring a decorative veneer surrounding their perimeters.

While of a bland rectangular shape, these clocks were relied upon for good timekeeping.

Ogee clocks featured hand painted lead and zinc dial plates and twin glass door panes with the lower pane uniquely painted in a reverse fashion.
American Ogee Clocks by Chauncey Jerome
The strike movement was weight-driven through a system of wooden pulleys, stranded brass cable, and steel arbors.

New Haven was a well-known manufacturer of Ogee clocks.

It’s only rare antique American Ogee clocks however, that will feature a company’s name within its case.

The information usually appeared only on a paper label pasted in the case behind the pendulum bob.

Some things to check for when evaluating antique American Ogee clocks

  • Check for the presence of two weights
  • Check the condition of the dial-pan
  • And the condition of the suspension spring rod, and pendulum condition

Excessive bushing wear will be indicated by up and down, side-to-side play of arbors.

About the author

Dimi

Passionate beauty explorer, animal rights activist and avid antiques collector.