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Clocks & Barometers


2nd Edition Just Out:

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). $245. (no discounts 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.



1040b. Short & Mason Aneroid Barometer. “Tycos” brand. Distributor “Paul A. Meyrowitz, Fifth Avenue, New York.” c.1900 – 1920’s. Face marked “SM” (Short & Mason) “Tycos London” “Compensated” on a silvered dial. All in black letters on a silvered dial. 5” diameter, with original glass, in brass case with brass besel. Barometer is clean and works well, some aging/discoloration to dial. With ring for hanging. Still a beautiful piece. (VG). $124.



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. 



22473b. Detex Newman Portable Watchclock. Such watch clocks were used by Coastguardsmen in their patrols of ship and shore stations to log in their rounds and assure that all of the route was covered. The Newman model was introduced in 1927, twenty-five years after Mr. Newman's first use of that principal. The "Detex Newman" uses the basic principal of all Newman clocks -- direct embossing from the station key The Newman uses a paper disc  that provides for 24 hours recording and a station key that recorded the mark of the respective station on the disc. This is a very well made eight-day unit that actually runs about 10 to 12 days if in good condition. It has nickel plated brass plates and utilizes an 11-jewel platform escapement. These were made by several suppliers over the years. Clock is in very good condition, leather case and strap intact, glass face intact. Appears complete. Included is wooden box that was used for storage. Also includes 6 key stations with keys, stack of paper discs and set of winding and opening keys. Clock is in running condition. Not marked. (VG+). $165.


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-). $395.




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