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23290e. Demeter, Andrew and David. CHELSEA CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2nd edition. 2014. For over a hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of high quality clocks. Regarded as one of America ’s highest quality products, Chelsea Clocks have been presented to heads of state throughout the world. Photographs taken in the White House throughout this century show Chelsea Clocks in settings of distinction. Collectors have long prized them for their quality, beauty, unique design and historic significance. Now in this updated and lengthened second edition, the history of the Chelsea Clock Company has been written and it reads like a contemporary enterprise including mysteries, disasters, near failure and a fascinating collection of characters. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, as well as illustrations and photographs from old catalogues are included. This updated and expanded second edition also includes: Ten more vintage models added to the Identification Guide to help collectors in identifying seldom seen designs, with color photographs from the finest collections in America, an Alphabetical Index on every movement model developed by the company by date and designated purpose, individual indices that list every clock made for the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment & Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service by serial number, type, and date of issuance, a new Boston Clock Co. Index of this subsidiary’s manufacture of clocks from 1909 to 1931. With eighty-five more pages of material to assist the collector in identifying factory issued models and their origins, this work will surely be a “must have” for collectors and professionals alike. Andrew and David Demeter have created a remarkable volume complete with lists of serial numbers to aid you in authenticating your piece, and photographs of Chelsea Clock Company’s current staff. In Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, the Demeters have once again provided a valuable and sought after resource for collectors and those who appreciate American craftsmanship at its finest. Only 1000 of this second edition have been printed and they will be in great demand! (M). $145. (no discounts apply) 

16222. Demeter, Andrew. Chelsea Clocks: A Technical Manual. Demeter Publications, Ltd., November, 2016. 203p. Soft wraps. Cover Photo: Leonard Taube, retired master watchmaker for Chelsea Clock Company. Reference includes photos and parts lists for sixteen of the most popular Marine & Ships Bell movements made by Chelsea Clock Co. and several with schematics. Includes Models E (Chelsea’s earliest marine movement), 12E, 12EI, 13E, 14E, 16E, 17E, F, K, 17K, L, 4L, M, 4M, V1 and V2. Eight pages listing Interchangeable Parts alphabetically and separately by part number for Models E, 12E, 17E, F, K (Boston) 17K and 18K.Includes a brief history of Chelsea escapements and an Escapement Comparison Table that identifies the type of escapement used in each clock with numerous blueprints of individual escapement parts.  Identifies the parts by their Chelsea factory number as well as the Waltham factory number. Parts diagrams for regulators that are found missing on clocks as well as the USN Mark I Deck clock (chrome) hinge and back plates. Chelsea Collectors and Waltham watchmakers who are seeking or selling Chelsea clock parts will now be able to cite the part by name and factory number for the most common Chelsea models on the market. Limited quantity available. (M). $79.95. (w)

26108f. [reproduction] Reproduction Light-House Establishment Banjo Clock. This is a wonderful reproduction of the E. Howard Clock Company’s banjo clock that was made for the U. S. Light House Establishment in the 1800's. Hand assembled from a vintage kit of solid wood with fine craftsmanship and good finish, this replica was probably built in 1980’s or so. Case appears to be of mahogany, and is nicely finished. The reverse “painted” doors are professionally done. I believe that this may be from the Mason & Sullivan kits that were made on Cape Cod in the 70’s or 80’s. The movement is a battery operated Takane quartz movement, which also keeps the pendulum swinging. I have it running and it seems to run well and keeps good time. The face is marked: “E. Howard & Co. Boston” and “Highland Light Station Cape Cod Mass.” with latitude and longitude (some wear to this lettering) below. The clock measures 27" tall and 10.5" wide and bears the reverse painted words “U. S. Light House Establishment” on the lower glass door as the original would have. This clock is in very nice condition inside and out and keeps time presently. There are a few very slight white dots of paint on the top (last owner may have painted the ceiling without covering the clock). Overall condition is very good, quite presentable. Needs only a soft cleaning to the case and glass. Perfect for a low cost alternative for your living room or den [Not long ago an original E. Howard “USLHE” clock sold for $12,000 at auction]. Reproduction clock from kit. (VG+). $395. (no discounts may apply). 

 

 

20520J. United States Coast Guard Brass Time & Strike Ship’s Bells Wall Clock c.WWII. Rare original 8-day wall clock manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for the United States Coast Guard. This rare clock is dual wind and rings ship’s bells on the hour, quarter hour and half hour. Black on brass face marked: “ U. S. COAST GUARD” “Made by Seth Thomas in USA. Eleven Jeweled Eight Day Ships Bell”. Clock case is of solid brass, with removable brass bezel. Face has not been touched up, hands with original white paint, with phosphorus number markers. In unusually clean original condition. Overall diameter 7 ¼” Overall height 3 ¾”. Clock with 8-day movement is running and strikes, but not properly. Needs good professional cleaning. Includes winding key. A Wonderful Example of an early Coast Guard Timepiece. (VG+). $1095.

 

1414. Whitney, Marvin E. Military Timepieces. American Watchmakers Inst, Harrison, Ohio. 1992. 667p. Cloth covered boards. DJ. Years of precise research by accredited professional watch/chronometer-maker and instructor for the United States Navy, carefully and clearly presented. Book is made up of 32 chapters, containing hundreds of photographs, illustrations and diagrams. Probably the most complete compilation on military timepieces to date. The author presents a detailed survey of American and European deck watches, marine clocks, chronometers, elapsed time clocks, aircraft clocks, etc., used by the military onboard ships and aircraft. The products of Hamilton, Elgin, Chelsea marine boat and deck clocks, Seth Thomas marine clocks, CDIA clock, Waltham, Breitling, Le Coultre and many other companies are included. Also includes message center clocks; meteorological instrument clocks; master navigational (GCT) watches; navigational stopwatches, zig-zag and course clocks, and more. Specialist timepieces for use in tanks and by divers, as well as stopwatches, ship’s chronometers, pocket and precision watches, and wristwatches are all discussed. Included are assembly and parts lists, and a great deal more. This massive tome has 667pp. including Appendix, Bibliography, Footnotes, Glossary, and comprehensive Index. (M). $225.

 

  

JH-73. (yacht clock) Boston Clock Company Front Wind Model C Yacht, Boat and Auto clock c.1890 made by Chelsea Clock under the Boston Clock brand name. Boston Clock Company, (in business 1884-1894), continued the traditions of the Harvard Clock Company after a name change in 1884. The movement plates are plated in nickel. Face of clock measures 2 5/8” in brass case with brass screw-off bezel. Back of case has brass bracket to attach to a swivel mount, or clock could have been fitted into dashboard. Face and hands are clean and untouched. Clock runs well and includes #3 winding key. (VG+). $1595. 

  

   

2756. Salem Ship’s Bell 8-Day Maritime Clock. Pat. October 25, 1921. Model 115-A. Beautiful Salem ship’s bell striking clock. Heavy nickel plated cast brass case with heavy curved glass screw off bezel covers a beautiful dial with slight patina. Dial measures 4 inches track to track, bezel measures 5 1/2 inches, and case with bezel attached is almost 3 inches deep. Clock does run and strike, but starts hard and stops now and then – needs servicing but is priced right for this charming early piece. (VG-). $295.

 

 

 

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