The Baird Clock Company of Plattsburg, New York
This Baird Advertising Clock was made in Plattsburg, New York.
The fine example advertises “Baltimore Clothiers” of “Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.” The term “No Tick,” is an expression meaning “No Credit.”
This case measures approximately 30.5 inches long and is 18.5 inches wide. The reddish brown color is quite nice and is the original surface. The lettering found on the case is three dimensionally formed and is highlighted with gold paint for contrast. The dial is paper and is applied to a tin pan. The Maker’s name is signed on the dial which is in very good original condition. The movement is constructed in brass, spring powered and designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The pendulum bob is covered in brass. The lower door does not have an opening to view the pendulum bob. This space is reserved for additional advertising information. This clock was made circa 1893
About Edward Pyson Baird
Edward Payson Baird was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 26, 1860 and died in October 23, 1929 at the age of 69. In 1879 he went to work for the Seth Thomas Clock Company until 1887 when he moved to Montreal, Canada. Here he formed the Baird Mfg. Co., which was located at 112 Queen Street. He also opened a sales office at 13 Park Row in New York City. In Montreal, Baird manufactured wooden cases that housed Seth Thomas made movements. The front of the cases were fitted with very recognizable doors that prominently displayed the advertising for various products which his client’s companies sold. Many of these doors were made from paper mache. His business model of selling clocks to companies so that they could advertise their wares was successful and the business grew. In July of 1890, he moved the company to Plattsburgh, New York and set up shop at 18 Bridge Street along the Saranac River. Baird had numerous clients in the States as well as in Great Britain as is evident by the surviving examples. He had a good run until 1896 when a local sheriff took possession of the company’s assets which were soon sold at public auction. By 1897, Baird established himself in Chicago. Here he began to focus on the telephone industry applying for as many as twelve patents and then later eleven additional patents for locks and keys.
For a more in-depth history, please read Baird Advertising Clocks written by Jerry Maltz in 1998.
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