|Seth Thomas Outside Bell Ships Clock
Presented here, an absolutely pristine Seth Thomas Outside Bell Ship's Clock. Original nickle finish is in outstanding condition. The face of the clock is evenly toned and is in excellent condition. The area on the right that appears to be darker is a trick the camera is playing, perhaps a reflection from the flash. This is the second model made, c. 1880's, and has a hinged, non flared bezel. (The first model had a twist bezel.) It has an engraved cast brass silver plate face with the numbers recessed into the plate. This is the finest example we have had the pleasure to present.
The wooden back still retains most of its paper label. The clock chimes the watch bells on the half hour beginning with one bell at 12:30, 4:30, and 8:30 and continuing through to 4 o'clock, 8 o'clock and 12 o'clock when it chimes 8 bells to indicate the change of watch. Keeping track of which watch is current is up to the listener. (If he can t do this he s put ashore at the next port to begin a new career in farming where the only bells are on the sheep and cattle.)
These clocks were all made to a very heavy, and thereby durable standard. The environment in which they operated brought all of nature s weather and climate extremes plus all the oil, soot, exhaust, etc. found in the daily operation of a working vessel . . .
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