In 1955, a flood badly damaged the Seth Thomas factory.They phased out movement manufacturing and began importing many movements from Germany.In 2003, The Clock Guy was contacted at that time by a staff member at General Time regarding disposition of their collection which was subsequently sold to private collectors.In January, 2009, The Colibri Group unexpectedly shut its doors, laying off its 280 employees and preparing to sell all remaining jewelry, gold and silver to pay creditors.Seth mainly worked on fitting the wheels and different clock parts together.
The earliest of the clocks indicate only three patent dates on the dials, September 19, 1854, November 17, 1857 and January 31, 1860. Some of the most popular later types include walnut kitchen clocks, made from 1884–1909; marble clocks, 1887–ca.
The fourth and final patent of March 1, 1862 is carried on most of their calendar clocks manufactured until 1875 or 1876. Andrews, Jr., a Thomas relative and workman in the factory, received a patent on an improved mechanism. 1895; black (Adamantine finish) wood mantel clocks, ca.
This was put into production and utilized on all later perpetual calendar clocks until the last model was dropped in 1917. 1885–1917; black enameled iron cased clocks, 1892–ca. 1915; tambour clocks, introduced in 1904; chime clocks, introduced in 1909; and electric A/C clocks, introduced in 1928.
These clocks did not have cases, but buyers who wanted cases for their clocks hired carpenters to build what they called "grandfather cases" for them.
In 1810, Thomas and Hoadley, for ,000, bought out Terry's share of the company, by then the most successful clockmaking firm in the country, and worked together until 1812.