Antique Boston Clock Company - Tandem Wind Victorian Marble Onyx Mantel - 1884
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Antique Boston Clock Company - Tandem Wind Victorian Marble Onyx Mantel You are offerding on a rare Circa 1884 Tandem Wind Victorian Marble Onyx Mantel Clock by the Boston Clock Company. It is a heavy case made of heavy White Marble Onyx with applied Brass decorations. The Boston Clock Company became the World Famous Chelsea Clock Company, and these Clocks are Extremely Rare! It has a Signed "Boston Clock Company Boston Pat Dec 28 1880 B 3620"... This 36 pound Onyx Mantel Clock "Does Run" and is complete with Nickel Damascene Tandem Wind Mechanical Time and Strike Movement which winds from a single Winding Arbor. This has Cathedral Coil Spring Gong Chime which Chimes Once on the Half Hour and the Correct amount of times on the Hour. The dial is a rare Fancy Brass Open Escapement Dial with applied Porcelain Numerals and heavy Bevelled Glass Bezel. This is a key wind cock and includes a winding key that is not the original. Note that someone mounted the clock on a wood base...It measures approximately 13 inches tall, 14 1/2 inches wide and 6 inches deep....the clock is mounted on a wood base...and these measurements do not include the wood base. There are four small issues with the clock...First; there is a small hole in the glass front at 3:00, which is hidden by the brass face holder...Second; there is a 3/4 inch piece of trim missing on the back left side facing the back...please see photo; Third; both top corners on the left side of the front of the bottom base of the clock have small nicks...and fourth...there is some wear at a few spots on the joints on the left side of the very top piece of Onyx...please see photos...This is a Rare Clock from a Rare Maker, with a Rare Movement and Dial...Please see photos...Boston Clock Company...Boston Clock Company, 1884-1894, continued the traditions of the Harvard Clock Company after a name change in 1884. Boston Clock Company began producing striking clocks in 1886 after the invention of the famous Boston tandem wind movement. This type was produced in house strike and in limited numbers, ship's bell. The ship's bell clocks appear to be prototypes, as all known examples vary significantly in movement design. Circumstantial evidence exists that these ship's bell clocks marked "Boston Clock Co.", were assembled at the Vermont Clock Company circa 1900. From 1884-1894 Boston Clock Company produced approximately 15000 clocks.The Boston Clock Company was organized May 29,1884, as successor to the Harvard Clock Company which had been organized October 11, 1880 by James H. Gerry, Joseph H. Eastman and others and primarily produced wall clocks, often similar in style to some of the Howard models, but of lesser quality.Joseph H. Eastman became manager of the Boston Clock Company and the firm is listed in Boston directories from 1885 through 1894. The firm was a large producer of good grade imitation French "carriage," "crystal regulator" clocks and mantel clocks, often in style and onyx cases. Most of their clocks utilized a good quality movement with a platform or watchxlike balance escapement and had tandem winding whereby the time and strike were wound by turning the key in opposite directions in a single keyhole.By 1890, the firm issued a trade catalog illustrating more than 50 different models. These clocks usually had porcelain dials, and the style and onyx cases used for the mantel clocks, were no doubt imported.In 1894, the Boston Clock Company failed and Joseph Eastman tried to revive the firm as the Eastman Clock Company the following year. Eastman purchased land on Everett Street in Chelsea on September 13, 1895 and borrowed some $7,000 and commenced building a factory. The Eastman Clock Company was shown in Boston directories only for the year 1896 and Eastman's creditors foreclosed on the firm October 29, 1896One of the most famous clock companies that manufactures nautical clocks to this day is the Chelsea Clock Company. Joseph Henry Eastman of Boston, Massachusetts founded the Harvard Clock Company in 1880, which shortly thereafter became the Boston Clock Company. The Boston Clock Company remained in business just ten years but was influential in the development of nautical clocks by the Chelsea Clock Company; Boston Clock Company’s "Locomotive" model may have been the prototype for the Chelsea Clock Company’s "M...