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We will update this message as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience." March 25, 2009 Alliance Time Acquires Colibri Group Assets, Colibri & Seth Thomas, Top-Tier Jewelry, Lighter, Accessory & Clock Brands Deal Includes Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Inventory Company to Connect With Former Employees for Possible Opportunities to Rehire & Revitalize Brands NEW YORK, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Time ( a leading distributor of brand name and designer jewelry, watches and accessories, has acquired the entire inventory of goods, intellectual property and trademarks from three top brands -- Colibri, maker of popular lighters, accessories for men, jewelry, executive gifts and flasks; Seth Thomas, the oldest clock manufacturer in the United States; and Linden Clocks, a noted clock maker.
Contains many illustrations of Adamantine clocks from Seth Thomas catalogs.
Seth Thomas Clock Company was one of the most prolific and long lived clock companies.
These two types are evident in the illustrations above.
Seth Thomas made clocks in marble cases for a short time, from 1887 to ca. They also made clocks in iron cases finished in black enamel, from 1892 to ca. Seth Thomas is well known for their "Adamantine" black mantel clocks, which were made starting in 1882.
Many American clock factories in the 19th century suffered factory fires but Seth Thomas was fortunate in this respect. 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.
Through conservative growth and taking advantage of the new ideas of others, Seth Thomas was able to enjoy financial stability, whereas many other companies faced financial difficulties. Many Seth Thomas clocks from 1881 to 1918 have a date code stamped in ink on the case back or bottom.
In 1968, General Time was bought by Talley Industries, and in 1979 the headquarters was moved to Norcross, GA.
In June 2001 General Time announced that it was closing its entire operation. The NAWCC (the National Association of Watch and Clock collectors) purchased from Seth Thomas their collection of historical records, drawings, photographs, advertisements and documents.