Seth Thomas Clocks
In offering many antique clocks by this renowned maker, we provide a brief
history of the company founded by its namesake. A native of
Connecticut, Seth Thomas founded his own clock manufacturing company in
1814. He was highly successful, operating a factory in Plymouth
Hollow, until 1853, when he organized the business into the Seth Thomas
Clock Company, a joint stock corporation.
In 1865, six years after his death, the town of Plymouth Hollow came to
be known as Thomaston in his honor. The Seth Thomas Clock Company
continued in Thomaston and was family-operated until 1931.
Over the years, the company produced many excellent quality clocks in
various case styles popular during the time period including floor, wall,
and mantel clocks. The clock making company survived under different
owners and in different locations until finally going out of business in
2009 under the Colibri Group.
The name "Seth Thomas" still survives and can be seen on
contemporary websites. However, it appears that the brand is not
associated with an actual clock manufacturing company.
Early Seth Thomas clocks can be generally dated by the address on the
label. Later, during the 1880s until the early 20th century, many
clocks had a stenciled date code on the back of the case that incorporated
the year with the numerals reversed, followed by a letter representing the