Does anybody know anything about clocks?
Posted by P. Bingham on January 27, 1998 at 16:25:03:
I inhereted a large antique kitchen clock from my grandfather. He never got around to telling me about it, other than it was going to be mine someday. (he was a watchmaker) I inhereted this clock eight years ago and I suppose just never had time for it. (ha ha, made a pun) I was looking at it a little closer last evening, while flipping through a collectables book. (I have never really payed much attention to it, other than be impressed that it keeps time perfectly, dings at every hour and even has its own alarm. I knew the clock was an antique but I assume it was from around the turn-of-the-century, but certainly not older than that.)
I just discovered, deep inside the dial area, it reads June 3, 182 something. I can't see any farther than that and I did not want to take the thing apart. But 1820 anything sounds pretty good to me. I just know there is a reason why I like this period so much! Anyway, at the bottom of the face it reads Made in United States of America by Wm L. Gilbert Clock Co., Winstead Conn.
I know this company made clocks as early as the 1850's as ive seen the sales of such clocks in this book I have. But I did not see anything older than that.
Does anybody know anything about this company or if they made clocks this early, or if clocks of this period had alarms? I'm cannot know for certain, of course, but all the pieces apear to be originals. They are are alike in age and all of them have the right look about them to belong together.
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