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Seth Thomas Outside Bell Ship's Clock
* This Seth Thomas Outside Bell Ship's Clock
is the first of the models made, featuring the twist bezel. The face is painted on the sheet brass surface and the numbers are painted on.
The clock dates to the 1870's.
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 . . .
*This Seth Thomas Outside Bell Clock in brass is the second generation and dates to the 1880's. It has a hinged bezel (non flared) and an engraved cast brass silver plate face. The numbers are recessed into the plate.

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