The "Mariner" Yacht Wheel Ship's Bell Clock made by the Chelsea Clock Company, Chelsea, Massachusetts.

This fine two tone example is one of the smaller sizes. The case measures approximately 10.5 inches high, 8.25 inches wide and 4.25 deep. As a result, it should fit just about anywhere. This model is versatile. The dial with engraved Arabic hour numerals and spade hands measures 3 inches in diameter. The Chelsea Clock Co., made high quality movements which are designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The strike train is set up on a ship’s bell strike arrangement. This means that it will strike the traditional ship’s bell code – one bell for each half hour on a four hour watch. The watch starts at 12:00. At 12:30 this clock will strike once on a gong mounted inside the case. At 1:00 it will strike twice. This will continue until eight bells are struck at 4:00 and then the process starts over. This format is very popular and used in nautical situations. The sound of the gong is very nice having a deep rich tone sure to please.

The metal case and base are heavily made. Statuary bronze is used for the base and ship’s wheel. The case and spokes are cast in brass and feature a polished finish. Together they are mounted onto a mahogany wooden base.

This example was made circa 1942 based on a serial number of “529747.” This number is die-stamped into the front plate of the movement and also can be found stamped to the bottom of the mahogany base. (Matching numbers.)

This clock has been fully serviced and is in excellent working order.

About Chelsea Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

The Chelsea Clock Company Board of Directors met for the first time on July 28, 1897. The Board consisted of Whipple N. Potter, Jr., President, Charles H. Pearson, Treasurer, Reginald Foster, Clerk and Secretary. Allen L. Shepherd served on the Board with the elected officers. This first group of individuals was not together long. The Chelsea firm persevered and has enjoyed a long run of success as a result of making clocks of superior manufacture. This company made many clocks. Some of which were in the style of the Willard timepiece or banjo clock, the E. Howard Model No., 70 and more famously, marine clocks. This company remains in business today.

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