Boston Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Crystal regulator mantel clock. 220075

This is an American made Crystal Regulator was manufactured circa 1890. The case is framed in brass and this fine example retains nearly all of its original gold plated finish. This treatment is in very good condition. There are a couple of minor areas of loss. All four sides of this case are fitted with beveled glass panels. The front and back of this case are fitted with doors that provide access to the interior of the case, the dial and movement. The movement is very good quality. It is a seven jeweled movement. The pinions are cut with precision from solid steel and are highly polished. The plates are gilded. The works are a tandem wind design. This means that one inserts the winding key onto the single winding arbor located in the front of the dial. Turn the key to the right in order to wind the time train. Turn the same key to the left and you are now winding the strike train. This clock strikes the hour and half hour on a wire gong that is mounted on a stand that is secured to the bottom of the case. The strike train features a rack and snail design which can be easily viewed on the back of the clock. Note that this clock does not have a pendulum. This movement is fitted with a fine watch escapement in the form of a balance wheel. The balance wheel is designed with temperature compensation. This clock will start quickly when wound and can be handled or moved without fear of stopping the clock. The balance wheel escapement is also very quite. The ticking of which should not disturb the most sensitive of sleepers. The dial is porcelain and in excellent condition. It is an elegant design displaying the Arabic hour numerals in a tumbled format.

This case measures approximately 9.75 inches tall, 6.5 inches wide and 5.25 inches deep. This clock was made 1890.

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About Boston Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Clock Company was organized by Joseph H. Eastman & James Gerry on May 29,1884. It was actually located in the city of Chelsea. This Company was formed as the successor to the Harvard Clock Company. Joseph H. Eastman became the manager of the this new firm. In January of 1894, the Boston Clock Company was sold to the Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn, New York. All tools machinery and patents were included in the sale. In March of the same year, Joseph Eastman and others tried to revive it as the Eastman Clock Company. This new firm lasted only one year. The Boston Clock Company manufactured clocks predominately in the style of crystal regulators, carriage clocks and other mantel clocks in marble case. A few wall clock were produced. Their clocks were sold through salesrooms that included Smith & Patterson in Boston, G. S. Lovell & Co in Philadelphia and Wm. H. Atwater in New York.

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