history of ithaca calendar clock  - mackey's antique clock repair parkersburg wv

THIS IS THE HISTORY OF THE ITHACA CALENDAR CLOCK   


 

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THE ITHACA CALENDAR CLOCK COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN 1865 TO MANUFACTURE CLOCKS WITH CALENDAR MECHANISM WHICH HENRY B. HORTON WAS GRANTED A PATENT IN APRIL 18th 1865 AND IMPROVEMENTS ON AUGUST 28th 1866 WITH VERY LITTLE MONEY AND BEGAN OPERATIONS IN 1865 . SOME OF THE FIRMS EARLIEST CLOCKS WERE INSTALLED IN IRON CASES PATENTED BY HENRY B. HORTON AND THEY WERE CAST BY A LOCAL FOUNDRY.CASES MADE OF WOOD IN MANY STYLES WERE MANUFACTURED LATER BY THE ITHACA CALENDAR CLOCK CO. 

PRIOR TO 1890 THE COMPANY USED E.N.WELCH , POMEROY, AND HUBBELL MOVEMENTS THE CALENDAR MECHANISM WAS MANUFACTURED AND ASSEMBLED AND TESTED AND MARKETED AT THERE PLANT IN ITHACA . HENRY HORTON AND MERRITT WOOD PATENTED A DEVICE FOR TESTING THE CALENDAR MECHANISM ON THE 11th OF JULY 1867 AND AS MANY AS 108 CLOCKS A DAY COULD BE TESTED. THE ITHACA CALENDAR CLOCK COMPANY MOVED TO ANOTHER FACILITY AND A JOINT STOCK CORPORATION WAS FORMED 

THE BUSINESS GREW SO WELL THAT IN 1874 , THEY COMMENCED A NEW 3 STORY BUILDING IN JUNE 1875 AND A FIRE TOTALLY DESTROYED THE CLOCK COMPANY ON FEBRUARY 12 1876 AND A NEW FACTORY WAS ERECTED . THE CLOCK FIRMS GREATEST PROSPERITY WAS FROM 1875 TO 1900 AND THEY ADDED A NON CALENDAR CLOCK IN 1898 IT WAS A FLOOR STANDING CLOCK TO THERE LINE

IT WAS THE " GRANDFATHER "  CLOCK AND IT WAS SPRING DRIVEN AND BECAUSE THE SPRINGS WERE INEXPENSIVE AND THE MOVEMENTS WERE MANUFACTURED IN CONNECTICUT AND THEY WERE IN PRODUCTION FOR 20 YEARS . OVER THE 50 YEARS SEVERAL DOZEN DIFFERENT CALENDARS MODELS WAS MADE IN SIZES FROM 16 INCHES TO 72 INCHES TALL IN MANTEL AND WALL HANGING FROM BANK MODELS , PARLORS , LIBRARY , FARMERS MODELS. BY 1917 THE ITHACA CALENDAR CLOCK COMPANY  WAS BANKRUPT AND ON MARCH 14 1917 THE REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY OT THE FIRM WAS SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO SETTLE THERE LIABILITIES.                 

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