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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Chelsea Clocks: The Finest Clocks in America Since 1897

12" Chelsea Automatic Ship's Bell Chain Clock and matching 10" Bell
Featured  this week is a 12" Chelsea automatic ship's bell chain clock and matching 10" bell, circa 1920,  considered one of Chelsea Clock Company's  most notable clocks and is featured as such on the Chelsea Clock website.

This is one of only two known examples of this clock with the other example displayed  in the NAWCC museum collection, Columbia, Pa.  It features a magnificent red brass clock case and bell with untouched original verde dial with special satin silver numerals and hands signed "Smith Patterson Company, Boston" and "Chelsea Automatic Ship's Bell". Serial number 138120. One of the most stunning and rare 12" clocks known.  Excellent working order, comes with AC power supply. Mahogany stand included. 

You can see this clock as well as other high quality new, vintage and antique Chelsea Clocks on our website at Chelsea Clocks at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery. 

Catalog wiring diagram and Bell shown on enlargement.

10 inch brass ship's bell to Chelsea Automatic Ship's Clock.
The external bell is operated automatically by the ship's bell clock.

Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Gallery is proud to offer for sale some of the finest antique and classic vintage Chelsea Marine Clocks and Barometers at our river front showroom located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. We would also like to acknowledge our partnership with Chelsea Clock Historian James Dyson to provide expert knowledge and assistance with the purchase of new and vintage marine clocks and Barometers. Mr. Dyson is a renowned expert on Chelsea and other antique marine clocks with over 20 years experience collecting and researching all facets of Chelsea history. He is the author and curator of the “"Chelsea Clock Museum,” the online source of Chelsea history and museum quality marine clock knowledge. Jim is available by appointment to discuss and advise your marine clock purchase. He can also for a reasonable fee appraise your vintage Chelsea clock or marine clock collection. Click here to go to Skipjack's Nautical Living home page.

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