By the late 1830s, brass had replaced wood and iron as the predominant metal for clock movements, and in 1844 Phelps-Dodge mining magnate Anson Phelps started the Ansonia Brass Company to supply clockmakers.
Six years later Phelps decided to get into the clock business himself, and in 1877 the the clock-making operation moved to New York from Connecticut.
A far larger, 300,000 square foot factory complex was rebuilt on the site in 1880, and throughout the decade Ansonia employed 1,500 workers and could churn out 10,000 clocks and watches a day.
Ansonia became renowned for its dollar watches and novelty clocks, but as competition mounted the owners decided to lower the prices of their merchandise to near the cost of production, which destroyed the business.
After the destruction of the Chauncey Jerome factory in 1845 and Jerome's subsequent removal of the remainder of his business to New Haven, Conn., Terry & Andrews became the largest clock manufacturers in Bristol.
In June of 1850, they reported ,000 invested in capital, were employing 58 hands and had produced about 25,000 clocks, valued at ,000, in the previous 12 months.
Actually, I think it was you who introduced me to that site... I was looking for the patent date marked on Sarvesh's movement. Note the Patent Database Load Status field here, and the statement on this page.
It sort of proves that all systems are not infallible, and that perhaps the chaos theory is correct.
On August 13, 1841, Theodore Terry of Bristol and Franklin C.
Andrews of New York purchased two parcels of land, one noted "..being the same ground my sawmill stood & one other building that was burnt...
III A history of clockmaking published in the Bristol Herald in 1890 noted "...
In 1841, the factory built by Samuel Terry near the rolling mill dam, was burned while occupied by Ray & Carpenter making 'OG' cases and Terry & Andrews making movements. Terry built up the shop again and it was occupied by Theodore Terry and Franklin Andrews, under the company name of Terry & Andrews." During the remainder of the 1840's the Terry & Andrews business prospered and 30xhour and 8xday spring driven models were added to the line of 30-hour weight-driven clocks.