A Chelsea Marine Clock. 12.75 inches in diameter.
This ships clock with brass movement is die stamped with Maker's name and serial number 186877 in on the backplate of the movement. Based on the serial number, this clock was made in 1924. This example is in good condition and is excellent quality. Some one has taken the time to make a lovely mahogany mounting board for this clock. You can see it in the photos mounted to the back of the case.
This case of this clock is brass and features a nickle finish that now exhibits a patina that has developed from years of use. The case is quite heavy due to it’s quality. It measures approximately 10 inches in diameter across the back and is 3 inches deep. It is a screw bezel and screws to open or close. The dial is also nickeled and measures approximately 8 inches across. It is engraved with a time ring that features Arabic numerals. The Maker's name and working location is located at the bottom of this dial below the minute circle. It is clearly marked in capital letters. The movement is very good quality. It is spring wound and designed to run 8 days on a full wind. The escapement features a balance wheel. This means that this clock will continue to run while being moved. As a result, these types of clocks were very popular in a marine environment. The plates of this movement are rectangularly shaped.
For more information regarding Chelsea Clocks and the Company, please read Andy & David Demeter's book, "Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years."
Currently, this clock with the wood backboard attached has the following dimensions. It is 12.75 inches wide and 4.25 inches deep.
About Chelsea Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Chelsea Clock Company Board of Directors met for the first time on July 28, 1897. The Board consisted of Whipple N. Potter, Jr., President, Charles H. Pearson, Treasurer, Reginald Foster, Clerk and Secretary. Allen L. Shepherd served on the Board with the elected officers. This first group of individuals was not together long. The Chelsea firm persevered and has enjoyed a long run of success as a result of making clocks of superior manufacture. This company made many clocks. Some of which were in the style of the Willard timepiece or banjo clock, the E. Howard Model No., 70 and more famously, marine clocks. This company remains in business today.
For more information about this clock click here .