Boston Clock Co., Boston, Massachusetts. No 238. Retailed by H. N. Lockwood of Boston. Wall clock.

This is a very popular form. Many other clock companies made similar clocks which also sold very well. This example features mahogany case construction and a light finish. Note the drop ears below the turned bezel. This is a very nice variation in this case style making it a very desirable form. The dial is protected by glass that is fitted into the clock’s bezel. This dial measures 12 inches in diameter and is painted on zinc pan. It is signed by the Retailer in block lettering. It reads, “H. N. Lockwood / Boston.” The movement is brass and is die-stamped with the Makers trademark on the front plate. It is also numbered 238 in several locations. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run for an eight-day duration. The pendulum rod is wood and the bob is brass. The bob is wonderfully decorated with an engraved design. The motion of which can be viewed through the opening in the painted tablet in the lower door. The colors of black, gold and green are traditional Boston Clock Company colors. Additional color variations from this company replace the green with a light blue and also a weathered brick red can be appropriate. This example measures approximately 34 inches long overall and was made circa 1888.

This model pictured is similar to the Howard model No. 70 or the Chelsea No., 1, although this case is longer. This example was made by the Boston Clock Company and retailed or sold to the public by H. N. Lockwood in their Boston store.

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.

This clock is Inventory number VV-15.

About H. N. Lockwood of Boston, Massachusetts.

In truth, very little is known of H. N. Lockwood. In fact, I could not come up with his first name. What is known is sourced form the Boston Directories, several news paper advertisements and a label found pasted inside a clock. H. N. Lockwood was born in Norway to American parents. He is said to have learned his trade in watchmaking and as a jeweler in Norway and came to Chicago in May 1863. He is recorded as moving first to New York and then subsequently to Boston. For a number of years, he was placed in full charge of the watch and French clock repairing department at the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company. As the E. Howard Co. began to relinquish the retail repair portion of their business, Lockwood set off on his own and in January of 1888. Lockwood established his own retail business at No. 27 Bromfield Street in Boston. He new business was endorsed by Howard in the trade. Lockwood’s showroom is described as an attractive and elegant store. He hired a number of master workmen and carried a large stock in every line. Then by 1913, the business moved to 9 Bromfield Street. It is recorded that in 1922, Lockwood renovated his store which was now located at 61 Bromfield Street and at that time installed a diamond dept. It is reported that Lewis Huntington assisted by Fred Elliot were in charge of watch and general repairs. Lockwood ordered a number of clocks from area clock makers that included the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company, the Boston Clock Company and the Chelsea Clock Company. His business model was then to paint his name on the dials and sell them in his showroom. The Howard style No. 70 was a popular form him to sell.

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