Russell & Clarke

Russell & Clarke Pocket Watch

Russell & Clarke Movement

Thomas Russell and Francis Williams Clarke were partners from 1842 to 1867 in Woodstock, Vermont. Russell, a listed silversmith, jeweler, and watchmakers was born in 1799 in Windsor, Vermonth. Russell's working dates were 1823 to 1867. He was initially in partnership with Luke Plumb from 1823 to 1829 and had his own business under the name "Thomas Russell", from 1829 to 1842. Francis Clarke, a listed silversmith and jeweler, was born in 1817 in Simsbury, Connecticut (Voss).

This movement, although dirty and missing components, has a most interesting serial number that reads "5 or 8". Clearly some engravers had a keen sense of humor. It seems that the handwritten instructions provided to the movement engraver was not readable.

Liverpool watches like this example were being imported and sold by watchmakers and silversmiths throughout America.

Vermont Private Label Watch

Russell & Clarke Watch

Contract Watch

Full plate detached lever escapement with three arm, uncut steel balance. Liverpool, England movement, likely manufactured in the 1840's, engraved Russell & Clarke, Woodstock, VT on the balance table. Serial number "5 or 8".

Additional References and recommended reading:

  • William Erik Voss, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~silversmiths/makers/silversmiths