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Histories of The E. N. Welch Manufacturing Company

E. N. Welch Manufacturing Company

Prior to 1831, Elisha Niles Welch (1809-1887) was in business with his father, George, who operated an iron foundry in Bristol. The foundry made weights and bells for clocks. When Elisha Welch formed a partnership with Thomas Barnes Jr., they named the company Barnes &Welch. The firm manufactured wooden-movement shelf clocks and was involved in […]

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An Overview Of Advertising Clock

Advertising Clock

Advertising clocks display promotional information on their cases, dials, or tablets. Two early U.S advertising clock companies began manufacturing these wall clocks in the late 1800s. The first was the Sidney Advertiser Company of Sidney, New York; the second was the Baird Company of Plattsburgh, New York. Sidney featured a clock with advertising messages placed […]

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An Overview Of Mother-Of-Pearl Case Clock

Mother-Of-Pearl Case Clock

In the mid-iSoos, manufacturers began decorating clock cases with mother-of-pearl (pieces of the iridescent inner layer of certain mollusk shells) to create an Oriental look. The colorful pearly fragments were embedded in a layer of papier mache, a mixture of mashed paper and glue. Seth Thomas Plymouth Hollow cottage clock w/mother-of-pearl decorated case, eight-daytime & […]

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An Overview Of Alarm Clock

Alarm Clock

Although the Greeks developed a water-operated alarm clock wound 250 B.C, the first mechanical alarm clock was not invented until 1787, when Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, made a crude model. Because the alarm could only be set to ring at 4 AM., however, it was of little practical use. In 1876, nearly a […]

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Histories of The Welch, Spring & Company

The Welch, Spring & Company

The Welch, Spring & Company was organized by three clock enthusiasts— Elisha Niles Welch, Solomon Crosby Spring, and Benjamin Bennet Lewis. Their partnership lasted for sixteen years, from 1868 to 1884. Each of these men brought a talent that contributed to the success of the organization. Welch was the financier, Spring was the manager and […]

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Histories of The Ithaca Calendar Clock Company

The Ithaca Calendar Clock Company was established in 1865 using Henry Bishop Horton’s perpetual roller-type calendar clock patent. Horton (1819-1885) was granted two calendar clock patents, the first on April 18,1865. The second, issued on August 28,1866, was an improvement on his first patent. Because Horton’s clock was a perpetual-calendar clock, it could be adjusted […]

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