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Lot #60
DepartmentClocks
Sold For$15,000.00(hammer price)
 $18,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 14, 2019

Description

CHELSEA CLOCK CO. WARDROOM CLOCK MADE FOR WILLIAM BOND & SON Boston, Circa 1912
Signed on the movement Chelsea Clock Co Boston USA". Numbered 36093 on the movement and back of case. 12" silvered dial with original hands, painted Arabic numerals, a small subsidiary seconds dial above the center, a slow/fast adjustment immediately to the right, and the key wind below the center. Engraved "William Bond & Son Boston" below the "12". Clock with original Chelsea eight-day time-only movement and was ordered with an upgraded eleven-jewel escapement. Overall diameter 18.5". Dial diameter 12". Depth 5.75". Weight 59 pounds.
The Chelsea sales ledgers indicate this clock was sold to Bond on April 13, 1912. At the time, William Bond had a thriving clock shop in Boston, selling their own precision clocks and chronometers as well as high-quality clocks by other manufacturers, including Chelsea. This clock was ordered to be a display sample, representing one of the finest clocks in their inventory and proudly displaying their company name on the engraved dial.
See: Chelsea Clock Company The First Hundred Years
by Andrew and David Demeter (Demeter Publications, 2014), p. 233. The book states "WARDROOM - First seen in the 1911 catalog, this impressive bronze case with its half-round hinged bezel has concentric steps that widen from the front to the back of the case. extremely rare in any dial size and only two 12" models were clearly described as having been sold prior to 1914. Discontinued in 1929.""

Condition

The clock is in near original condition and retains the original wavy glass. The movement has been recently overhauled and is keeping excellent time. The case has been polished and lacquered. The crystal is loose off the bezel.

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