Eastman Clock Company, Boston, MA. Timepiece or Banjo clock. 221211

The Eastman Clock Company was formed by Joseph H. Eastman in 1895 after the failure of the Boston Clock Co. The Eastman Clock Company built a factory in Chelsea, MA, where the clocks were produced. This soon became the factory location for the Chelsea Clock Company even before the Eastman Clock Company failed, which was only a year after its formation. Joseph Eastman used the Eastman Clock Company name again from 1916 through 1918 and a variation of it, Eastman Manufacturing Co., in 1822 – 24.

Pictured here is a superb example of a form that the Eastman Clock Co did not make in significant quantities. The case is constructed in mahogany and features flat mahogany frames decorated with a band of inlay. This band of inlay is positioned on the perimeter of the frames and features mahogany wood that is formatted in a cross-banded fashion. It is sandwiched between two lines of light string inlay. The frames are mitered together at the corners. The decorative sidearms and dial bezel are brass. They are currently in an older finish and would clean up nicely if that is your preference. The brass dial bezel is fitted with glass and opens to access the painted iron dial. This dial is formatted with a close minute ring and large Roman-style hour numerals. Steel hands in the shape of arrows display the time. A brass finial is mounted on a plinth made of mahogany. This plinth is nicely shaped and glued to the top of the case.

The brass movement is secured to the inside of the case with a single screw from the back. In addition, both plates sit on the case rails. The works are weight-driven and designed to run 8-days on a wind. It is constructed with heavy brass rectangular-shaped plates decorated with a scraping design. The front plate is die-stamped with the serial number “699” on the left, and the Maker’s name is located on the right. The pendulum rod is wood and has been painted black. It hangs from the front of the movement and supports the brass-faced bob. This bob retains much of its original engine-turned decoration. The decoration looks very similar to the pattern that the Howard Clock Co. used on their Model 70 bobs. The motion of the brass pendulum bob can be viewed through the small window in the lower glass.

The reverse painted tablets are hand-decorated in excellent colors. They depict Patriotic themes. The lower tablet depicts the naval engagement between the Wasp and the Reindeer. On June 28th, 1814, the U.S.S. Wasp, an American Sloop, engaged the H.M.S. Reindeer in the English Channel. With heavier guns and a larger crew, the Wasp took the Reindeer in a reported 19 minutes of heavy fighting. The Reindeer is on the left, depicted with a broken mast or two. The victorious Wasp is shown on the right. In the center of the scene is a window used for watching the motion of the pendulum. A gilt pattern frames this scene. The throat tablet depicts a traditional timepiece theme of an urn and a vine. The colors used are excellent and match those used in the lower glass.

This fine example measures approximately 34 inches long overall. The case is 10.25 inches wide and under 4 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1895.


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