Boston Clock Company, "DELPHUS."
The "Delphus" is arguably their prettiest model. It measures approximately 10.5 inches tall, 7.5 inches wide across the base and 5.75 inches deep. The case is brass. It has been polished and protected with a lacquer finish. The four panels are fitted with beveled glass. The front and back panels also serve as doors. The porcelain dial is perfect. Large Arabic numerals mark each of the hours. They are positioned inside the closed minute ring. An additional line decoration divides the hour numerals from the center of the dial. This is an elegant design. The center of the dial is fitted with a pierced brass decoration that is mounted to the center arbor.
The movement is of the finest quality. It features 11 jewels. The pinions are cut with precision from solid steel and are highly polished. The plates a nickeled and treated with a damascene finish. This is a tandem wind movement. This means that one inserts the key onto the single winding arbor and turns it to the right to wind the time train. Turn the key to the left and you are winding the strike train. This clock strikes the hour and half hour on a wire gong. Please note that this clock does not have a pendulum. This movement is fitted with a balance wheel that is compensating. As a result, it is equal in quality to many high grade watch movements of the same period. This clock will start quickly when wound and can be handled without stopping the clock. The ticking should not disturb the most sensitive of sleepers. The Maker's name is diestamped into the front plate and "3898 S" is diestamped into the spring barrel.
This clock was made 1885.
About Boston Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Boston Clock Company was organized by Joseph H. Eastman & James Gerry on May 29,1884. The facory was actually located across the harbor 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. 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 case. A few wall clock were produced.
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