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After the founder's death in 1859, his son Aaron became president and began to add new clocks to the company's line.About 1862, the firm purchased the patent rights of Wait T.
This area of western Connecticut was a busy center for the manufacture of wooden clockworks at the time Seth Thomas was growing up, so it is no surprise that he would work in this industry as a young man.
He was hired by Eli Terry in 1806, at the age of 21, along with another local woodworker, Silas Hoadley, to work in his new clock shop in Plymouth, Connecticut.
Eli Terry, only in his mid-thirties at the time, had agreed to make 4000 wooden clock movements (see photo above) for Edward Porter and Levi Porter of Waterbury, Connecticut.
(angel figural clock made by Seth Thomas’s Sons & Company shown below) By the year 1870, 133,000 clocks were being produced annually at the Thomaston factory.
As a clock collector, any Seth Thomas clock catches my eye.
“That our business has throughout half a century steadily increased from a small beginning to its present dimensions, is sufficient evidence of the quality of our work.