Antique Waterbury Duluth 1920's Mantel Clock In Great Shap & Working Condition
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Antique Waterbury Duluth 1920's Mantel Clock In Great Shap & Working Condition:
ANTIQUE WATERBURY1920's "Duluth" Mantel ClockUp for sale is a very clean 8-Day Waterbury Duluth Imperial Mantel Clock. It chimes on the hour & announces each 1/2 hour on a soft bell.
Size: 16.5" W X 11" L X 7" DOwn A Piece of American HistoryIn Great Shape & Working Condition
Waterbury Clock Company (1854–1944)
In 1854 Waterbury, CT-based brass manufacturer Benedict & Burnham created Waterbury Clock Company to manufacture clocks using brass wheels and gears. Waterbury Clock Company was legally incorporated on March 27, 1857 as an independent business with $60,000 in capital.TheAmerican Clockindustry, with scores of companies located in Connecticut'sNaugatuck Valley, was producing millions of clocks, earning the region the nickname, "Switzerland of America".The Waterbury Clock Company was one of the largest producers for both domestic sales and export, primarily to Europe.Today its successor, Timex Group USA, Inc. is the only remaining watch company in the region.Ingersoll Watch Company
Originally, the company produced clocks as less expensive alternatives to the high-end European counterparts of the time.In 1887 the company began experimenting with its product line leading to the creation of the largeJumbopocket watch invented by Archibald Bannatyne – named after the famousP.T. put on the market in New York City on a trial basis catching the attention of Robert H. Ingersoll, a salesman and eventual marketing pioneer.During the turn of the century, Waterbury Clock Company produced millions of pocket watches for the newly created partnership of Robert and his brother Charles,Rober H. Ingersoll & Bro, under their own brand name.In 1896, Ingersoll introduced theIngersoll Yankee, a Dollar Pocker Watchsupplied by Waterbury Clock Company.These watches gained such great popularity that they became known as"the watch that made the dollar famous."Waterbury Watch Company
In 1877, a new prototype was introduced to Benedict and Burnham for an inexpensive pocket watch made of 58 parts, mostly made of punched sheet brass. They immediately set aside an unused portion of their machine shop and began producing theLong Windat a rate of 200 per day by 1878. The department quickly outgrew its space in the plant, so with a capital of $400,000 Waterbury Clock's sister company Waterbury Watch Company was incorporated by Benedict & Burnham in 1880 to manufacture and sell inexpensive watches and other timepieces.Waterbury Watch started out very successfully in its early days, employing hundreds of women for their "slender fingers" and "delicate manipulation," having become the largest volume producer of watches in the world by 1888.
Due to poor sales techniques, wherejobbersand salesmen gave away much of the Waterbury Watch products asloss leaderswith little regard to the company's future, thereby cheapening the products' perceived value, Waterbury Watch quickly fell into bankruptcy.In a last attempt to salvage the company, Waterbury Watch began to produce higher-end watch models which only created more demand on a workforce unable to keep up with the complexity of the new watches using several hundred parts. The company was finally reorganized as the New England Watch Company in 1898 as its London sales office was placed into liquidation.The company continued to focus on high-priced watch models and eventually fell into receivership, discontinuing business in July 1912. Robert H. Ingersoll & Bro. bought the Waterbury plant and began manufacturing Ingersoll Watches there in 1914.