The Antique Clocks Price Guide says that after 1896, clocks imported to the United States were required to have the country of origin marked on them.Check inside the clock for the name of the clockmaker.Discover says that cast pot metal feet were a popular flourish for these clocks.Does your mantel clock have an “anniversary” trademark?The clock dial was centered on the face, and many of these clocks were made with two key wind openings.One was for time, and the second was for striking the hour.
Manufactured by Edward Ingraham, these clocks had cases often made of wood painted with black enamel.
Clockmaker Eli Terry boosted smaller clock popularity in the early 1800s when he began mass production of clockworks in Connecticut.
Wood clock movements were generally used in early American clocks until around 1820, according to the Antique Clocks Price Guide.
By the early 1840s, brass movements pretty much replaced wood.
So if your American clock has wooden movements, you can assume it was made prior to the 1840s.