Boston Clock Co., Boston, Massachusetts. No 638. Wall clock.
This is a very popular form having a circular wooden bezel and a long drop underneath it. Many other clock companies made similar clocks which sold well. This case appears to be maple and retains its original red wash which is clean and stable. A nice design element are the ears which are incorporated into the case construction and positioned below the bezel. The bezel is fitted with glass and opens to a painted dial. The dial is painted on a heavy zinc sheet and measures 13.5 inches in diameter. The time ring is 11.5 inches in diameter. The dial is signed by the manufacturer, "Boston Clock Co." across the center. This block letter signature is now somewhat faint. The movement is brass and is die-stamped by the Maker on the front plate. It is numbered "638" in two locations. This number can be found on the front plate and on the bridge. The front plate is also stamped "22" on the top edge. This movement is weight driven and is designed to run for eight-days. The pendulum rod is wood and the bob is brass. The motion of the pendulum bob can be viewed through the opening in the painted tablet in the door.
This clock measures approximately 35.75 inches long overall and was made circa 1888. Inventory number TT-191 is in wonderful original condition.Boston History.
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 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 the following year. This new firm lasted only one year. The Boston Clock Company manufactured clocks predominately in the style of the crystal regulator, carriage clocks and other mantel clocks in marble case. A few wall clock were produced.
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