Boston Clock Co., Boston, Massachusetts. No. 507

The Boston Clock Company was organized by Joseph H. Eastman & James Gerry on May 29,1884. It was actually located in Chelsea. This Company was formed as the successor to the Harvard Clock Company. Joseph H. Eastman became the manager of the this new firm. In January of 1894, the Boston Clock Company was sold to the Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn, New York. All tools machinery and patents were included in the sale. In March of the same year, Joseph Eastman and others tried to revive it as the Eastman Clock Company the following year. This new firm lasted only one year. The Boston Clock Company manufactured clocks predominately in the style of the crystal regulator, carriage clocks and other mantel clocks in marble cases. A small number of wooden cased wall clocks were also produced. This model is similar to the Howard model No. 70 or the Chelsea No., 1, although this case is slightly longer.

This is a very popular form having a circular wooden bezel and a long drop underneath it. Many other clock companies made similar clocks which also sold well. This case appears to be mahogany and the wood features a mahoganized finish. The case measures approximately 35.5 inches long which is slightly longer than several of the competitors examples. Because of the added length, the proportions of the clock appears narrow on the wall. The bezel is fitted with glass and opens to a painted dial. The dial is painted on tin and measures 12 inches in diameter. It is signed by the Retailer in this location, "Daniel Pratt's Son / Boston." The movement is brass and is die-stamped by the Maker on the front plate. It is also numbered "507." The movement is weight driven and is designed to run for eight-days on a full wind. The pendulum rod is wood and the bob is brass. The bob is decorated with an engine turned design. This is a very good bob. The motion of the pendulum bob can be viewed through the opening in the original painted tablet mounted in the door. This glass has been restored in several locations. The primary color is red. We have owned and seen other example with variations of red, green, purple and blue in this same location by this manufacturer.

This clock was made circa 1888.


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