Unusual 8-inch Dial Chelsea Clock, 1916, EXC.
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Chelsea ship’s clocks are universally regarded as the best in the USA, and probably in the world. They have ridden our Navy ships into, and out of, battle since before 1900, and Chelsea clocks have been given by many of our US Presidents to visiting heads of state as gifts, representing some of our country’s finest precision work.
Here’s an unusual Chelsea clock, one that you won’t see every day. The case is in the style of the famous Chelsea ship’s bell clocks, but the movement strikes house bells; that is, one bell at one o’clock, 2 bells at 2, and so on, and a single strike on each half hour. I don’t know that Chelsea ever offered such a clock, other than as a special order.
Here’s one possible scenario: the movement, whose serial number indicates that it was made in 1916, was originally sold in a case that either was destroyed, or didn’t please the owner. The ship’s clock case was made in 1948, and the owner had Chelsea mount the older movement in the new case at that time.
The clock is running, keeping perfect time, and striking properly in an unobtrusive tone. Please note that though the clock is keeping perfect time, the S-F adjustment is at its limit, and a some point, probably at the next cleaning, the movement should be adjusted by a good clockmaker. The case and face are almost flawless, so the clock could be taken for new, or at least very recent. ( Interestingly enough, Chelsea now offers a ship’s clock of about this size -the largest in their current offerings - at $3,775 on a factory mahogany base. ) Our mahogany base is custom - made, one of a kind, and our price is a good bit less expensive for a top-quality clock.
Chelsea clocks of this large size do not often become available, and this is a fine one.
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- Weight: 20 pounds