Presented is a perfect
example of a high quality Seth Thomas Helmsman Ships 8 Day Clock. Mounted on a custom brass stand made up of a base with
two opposing dolphins. The dolphins are in the style used in the U. Navy by submariners. This may well have been
made as a presentation piece for a senior officer who had a submarine community affiliation or maybe even for a submarine's
wardroom. It has a like new silvered dial marked in both 12 and 24 hour military time, and a screw on bezel. The dial
is marked SETH THOMAS and below, Made in the U.S.A . The case is cartridge brass, without any dents or scratches.
It has two tiny screw holes on either side of the top. There are three mounting holes in the flange.
Western Clock Company was merged into Seth Thomas in 1930, and the company's name was changed
to General Time Corporation. The back of the case is labeled: Helmsman E537-001 (its model number), Seth Thomas, Div.
of General Time Corp., Thomaston, Conn., U.S.A. This model was made from about the 1960’s to the 1980’s, but the
later production had a less expensive movement made in Germany by Hermle, and the face said Made in Germany. Therefore,
this example is likely Ca 1960.
CONDITION: Excellent a fine cartridge brass case, and working movement that
has a big ship ring when the bell strikes.
4" Diameter of Dial
5 3/8" Full Diameter
STAND 12" L x 11 1/2" H x 5 1/2" D
Weight 12 lBS
Polished brass with a patina of age and evidence of polish residue
A somewhat similar clock mounted between two dolphins was sold at auction
a number if years ago for over $2500.00. The maker of that clock is not known.
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, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured
for its full value. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable.
HISTORY OF DOLPHINS IN THE
U.S. NAVY SUBMARINE SERVICE:
The origin of the U.S. Navy's submarine service insignia dates
back to 1923. On June 13th of that year, Captain Ernest J. King, USN, later to become Fleet Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations
during World War II, and at that time Commander, Submarine Division III suggested to the Secretary of the Navy via the old
Bureau of Navigation, that a distinguishing device for qualified submariners be adopted.
He submitted a pen-and-ink sketch of his own showing a shield mounted
on the beam ends of a submarine, with dolphins forward of, and abaft, the conning tower. The suggestion was strongly endorsed
by Commander Submarine Division Atlantic.
Two designs were submitted for a badge, and these were combined
into a single design that is still in use today: a bow view of a submarine proceeding on the surface with bow planes rigged
for diving, flanked by dolphins in a horizontal position with their heads resting on the upper edge of the bow planes. The
dolphins on this insignia are symbolic of a calm sea and are the traditional attendants of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea.
The officers' insignia is a gold plated metal pin, and silver metal
Dolphins were approved for enlisted men.
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