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The Earliest Boston Clock Co. 10 inch Ships Clock Known

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THE EARLIEST BOSTON CLOCK CO. KNOWN DATING TO 1880 10 INCH
OVER ALL SHIPS WARDROOM CLOCK

Earliest Boston Clock Co. Clock dating to 1880 image

EXTREMELY RARE BOSTON CLOCK CO. LARGE CLOCK

 

Presented is an extremely rare antique, Boston Clock Company eight day ships clock with an 8 inch viewable face, housed in a 10 1/2 inch forged brass case with a swing right opening bezel.  It is in outstanding original condition and may be one of the earliest made Boston Clock known to exist. A card, accompanying this clock states that the movement is stamped, Boston Clock Co./Boston/ Patd. December 23, 1880/#681 on 4 lines. The clock is scheduled for service by a master clocksmith at which time the markings on the movement will be verified.

In our thirteen years of dealing in high quality ships timepieces, this is the first example of this larger size Boston ships clock that we've had to offer and may predate the examples that are on the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors' website shown below.

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Boston Clock Company Advertisement,  circa 1889

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Boston Clock Co., Ship's Bell, double rotating rod type, produced by the Vermont Clock Company circa 1900.

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Boston Clock Co., 10" Marine, circa 1885

A card, accompanying this clock states that the movement is stamped, Boston Clock Co./Boston/ Patd. December 23, 1880/#681 on 4 lines.

Face of the large 8 inch Boston Clock Co. clock image
  Face of the large 8 inch face 10 inch case Boston Clock Co. ships clock

DESCRIPTION: The clock is housed in a heavy forged brass case with desirable right side opening bezel which measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter. It has a large 8 1/4 inch silvered face with a 12 hour dial that we have left in its original condition. The Roman numerals are silk screened as are the inscriptions and in midnight black paint. At the center, above the 6 O'clock position is the winding arbor and above that is a small seconds arbor with a fast slow pendulum lever regulator to the right. Next comes the hands arbor that features a Full moon style hour and Full Moon style minute hand. The Boston movement is an 8 Day 11 jewel fine lever movement has machine cut wheels and pinions and a Breguet hair spring and escapement that date this clock's manufacture to Ca 1880. It weighs a heavy eleven pounds. It currently runs for approximately 8 days, but its rate of change is beyond acceptable limits and the clock requires service. The service is scheduled to be performed by the retired former head of the Chelsea Clock Company's Repair Department. A key is included.  

DIMENSIONS CLOCK:

8 1/4"  Diameter of Dial        10 1/2" Full Diameter       2 1/4" Deep       Weight  7 1/2 pounds

 

Perspective view
                                    of the 8/10 inch Boston ships clock image
The lever action movement has yet to be inspected

CONDITION: Visually this fine clock is in very good condition with a solid Rose colored brass case that was polished some years ago and is untarnished. The silver, screened dial has some minor signs of age, but is also in very good condition considering its age and use at sea. Since it is approximately 136 years old, we recommend it be wound about every four days for best timekeeping.

Back of the Boston
                                    Clock image
  The flange at the back of clock shows three mounting holes & felt buffers

 

Comparative difference in size between a 6 inch and 8 inch clock image
  Comparative difference in size between a 6 inch and 8 inch Boston Clock Co. ships clock          

BOSTON CLOCK CO. HISTORY: The Boston Clock Company was organized in Chelsea, Massachusetts, in May 29,1884, as successor to the Harvard Clock Company which had been organized October 11, 1880 by James H. Gerry, Joseph H. Eastman and others and primarily produced wall clocks, often similar in style to some of the Howard models, but of lesser quality. 

Joseph H. Eastman became manager of the Boston Clock Company and the firm is listed in Boston directories from 1885 through 1894. The firm was a large producer of good grade imitation French "carriage," "crystal regulator" clocks and mantel clocks, often in style and onyx cases. Most of their clocks utilized a good quality movement with a platform or watch like balance escapement and had tandem winding whereby the time and strike were wound by turning the key in opposite directions in a single keyhole.

By 1890, the firm issued a trade catalog illustrating more than 50 different models. These clocks usually had porcelain dials, and the style and onyx cases used for the mantel clocks, were no doubt imported.

In 1894, the Boston Clock Company failed and Joseph Eastman tried to revive the firm as the Eastman Clock Company the following year. Eastman purchased land on Everett Street in Chelsea on September 13, 1895 and borrowed some $7,000 and commenced building a factory. The Eastman Clock Company was shown in Boston directories only for the year 1896 and Eastman's creditors foreclosed on the firm October 29, 1896.

NO NONSENSE WARRANTY:  We guarantee that this clock will be working on arrival and that our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within three days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental U.S. if an error is due to our fault.

PACKAGING: We take great care in packaging our clocks for shipment which includes bubble wrap, placing in a box, and then placing in a larger box surrounded by impact absorbent material. However, we are not responsible, once it is turned over to the carrier. Full Value insurance is included. In the event of damage due to shipping we will assist you in all respects even to filing a claim in your behalf. Our packaging and shipping are the best available, and is at the lowest possible cost.

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This large 81/2 / 10 inch Boston ships clock makes a perfect gift for an important person or as an addition to your den wall or in a collection of only the finest.

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