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Clock 3

Boston Carriage Clock

5.5 x 3.25 x 2.5 inches

Brass and beveled glass, single train, eight-day timepiece, Carriage Clock, S/N C4625, made by the Boston Clock Company (1888-1897), Chelsea, Massachusetts, circa 1895

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Provenance: Purchased 1994 from Irwin Weinberger for $400. Exhibited Whatcom Museum, then NAWCC Northwest Clock Exhibition until 2008.

Case: 5.5" x 2.5" x 3.25", Solidly constructed brass case with machine made fluted corner columns enclosing four panes of beveled glass with a door at the back with simple pull to access the movement compartment. The case has a flat brass pediment with four brass urn and spire corner finials and is surmounted by a thick brass curvilinear carrying handle with reeded cylindrical barrel. There are friezes at the top and bottom of the case which go fully around on all four side and are brass with dentil molding and each frieze has a central raised ovoid brass ornament. The case sits on four polished brass rosette shaped feet.

Dial: A rectangular gilt brass dial plate is at the front with a circular aperture for displaying the dial. This is a white enameled (over copper) dial with stylized upright Arabic hours, open bar minute track to the outside, steel spade hands and the upper dial is marked, "Boston Clock Company".

Movement: Serial number C4625. There are heavy brass rectilinear plates built with two tiers, i.e. the movement has a main frame and well as a sub frame within the two outer plates. There is a single barrel spring which carries the great wheel, the latter placed towards the front plate in order to allow the gearing to fit between the front plate and the front of the sub- frame. The brass front plate is separated from the enamel over copper dial just enough to allow the room for the motion gearing between the front plate and the dial. The front and rear plates are held together by four brass tubular pillars, while the smaller sub-frame is attached to the front plate by three tubular brass pillars. The straight line escapement has jeweled pallets, club-foot teeth on the escape wheel, bimetallic brass and steel balance wheel and flat spring, all sitting on the back of the sub-frame and readily apparent when opening the rear access door. The movement is made of interchangeable machine parts and is an especially sturdy case and sturdy movement when compared to not only American carriage clocks but some of the French examples as well, other than the top of the line examples.

Condition: Case - Very good to excellent. Glass panels intact. Dial - Excellent. Movement - Genuine, original and functional.


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