Einige Standuhr Geschichte und Uhren Geschichte wird niemals alt. Just look at the stories of Simon Willard, Aaron Willard and Benjamin Willard. An article written in 1936 is still as informative and interesting to a clocks historian as one written today. Standuhren-Fans gibt es diese interessante minimal zu finden.
May 24, 1936
Standuhren , einige echte Old-Timer noch abhaken Stunden oder Chime Rechtzeitige Melodien, Nachweis der Pflege ihre Macher Gebraucht
Many things had been discussed by the little group seated behind the plate glass window of a Franklin Street store. Und das ist auch nicht ganz richtig. Many things had been broached, but the discussion was almost wholly a monologue by the host, a veteran of many a trek into the hinterlands of the antique country and a recognized authority on early American antiques. Now and then a listening member would throw a few words into the conversation, more to keep the oratory flowing than for any factual use, until at last someone uttered those well-worn last words: “What time is it getting to be?”
Unbewusst Blicke waren auf den großen dominierenden gerichtet Standuhr an der gegenüberliegenden Wand. Dann fiel sie zurück zu modernen Armbanduhren und eine aufeinander abgestimmte Start für Uhr da war und zeigte auf die Uhr zu derselben Stunde. Niemand erwähnt, aber es gab eine subtile Art geistiger Vereinbarung, dass das alles "nur ein Zufall." Aber war es nicht. , Die alten Großvaters Uhr wurde er weiterhin Zeit und richtige Zeit. “How come?” I lingered to question the antique dealer. And thereby came this tale, a story of famous old American clocks and clockmakers. It seems that– when Simon Willard was 13 years old he made his first “grandfather” clock. Als er 82 machte er die große Uhr im Capitol in Washington. He was born in 1753, lived to be 95 years old, and left behind him some of the best and most beautiful clocks that have ever been made.
Simon Willard had no grand ideas about organization, sales promotion and production. He did all his work in the space of four rooms. It is good to think that Simon's clocks, which were made by hand and with infinite care and solicitude, command a higher price today than those made by Aaron Willard, his brother, who opened up a factory and turned out watches and clocks by the hundreds.
Side by side in a Richmond, Virginia antique shop may be seen a grandfather clock made by Simon Willard and one by Aaron Willard. Um den Kenner mit Blut in seinen Augen die Uhr von Simon gemacht ist viel feiner. Für den flüchtigen Betrachter sowohl die Uhren sind seltene Beispiele der frühen amerikanischen Großvater (oder lang Fall) Uhren.
A Simon Willard “Grandfather” clock (left), which is still in first-class condition. Der Fall ist sehr schön mit seinen geschwungenen Laubsägearbeiten an der Spitze. Der Mondphasen und die Tage des Monats sind beide gegeben. Simon Willard made his first Grandfather clock at the age of 13.
A Simon Willard shelf clock (right). The Willards' called these clocks, which were made as early as 1784, timepieces, because they did not strike. The works are made of brass.
Benjamin Willard, who started making clocks in 1764, was the father of Aaron and Simon, and the first of this famous Massachusetts family to engage in clock-making. In the Boston Gazette for February 22, 1771, he advertised, “Musical clocks playing different tunes, a new tune every day in the week, and on Sunday a Psalm tune. These tunes perform every hour.”
Zuverlässige Uhren Kept Puritan Sabbat
And such is the reliability of a Willard clock that there is no single record of a Puritan Sabbath being violated by week-day tunes. Likewise, the beauty and workmanship which went into the clock cases of Simon Willard is not the only reason these clocks bring good prices wherever antiques are sold: The clocks run and they keep good time.
Simon Willard was an inventor of genius, but that did not keep him from being a thrifty American. He thought that clocks ought to be good and that they ought to be cheap enough for an American to own one, and at the same time have money enough left for a house to put it in. He advertised little, relying on his clock papers (and his clocks) to put across his ideas. One of these clock papers tells his story:
Ein Simon Willard 'Großvater' clock (links), der sich noch in erstklassigem Zustand. Der Fall sehr schön mit seinen geschwungenen Laubsägearbeiten an der Spitze. Phases of moon and days month are both given. Simon Willard seinen ersten 13 Jahren. A shelf (right). Willard called these clocks, were as early 1784, timepieces, because they did not strike. The works were brass.
“Simon Willard, at his Clock Dial in Roxbury Street, manufactures every kind of clock work, such as large clocks for steeples, made in the best manner. . . . Clocks that will run one year without winding up, with very elegant cases, price 100 dollars. . . . Elegant daytime pieces, price 30 dollars. Uhren die 30 Stunden und garantiert laufen, Preis 10 Dollar. . . . Chime Uhren, die sechs Melodien spielen wird, Preis 120 Dollar. . . . Gentlemen who wish to purchase any kind of clocks are invited to call at said Willard's Clock Manufacture, where they will receive satisfactory evidence that it is much cheaper to purchase new than old and second-hand clocks. He warrants all his work–and as he is ambitious to give satisfaction–he doubts not of receiving public approbation and patronage.”
Willard Originated the “Banjo” Clock
Although Simon Willard knew the worth of his clocks, it is doubtful if he dreamed of the approbation and patronage they would receive less than a hundred years after his death. He set out to make serviceable clocks that thrifty Americans could buy with a clear conscience. What would he say if he could happen in today on some sale of rare antique clocks and see his paragons of thrift and mechanical perfection sold for prices for four figures? And the purchasers, descendants, perhaps, of those thrifty New England customers of his, glad to get them at that price and paying for them with a smile?
Aaron Willard turned out his clocks by the hundred. The clock at right is mahogany with inlay. The other clock is by Nathaniel Edwards of Acton, Mass.
In 1802 Willard brought out his patent timepiece, which was later called the banjo clock. It was a prodigious success. No improvement has since been made on the original design. The story goes that such accuracy did Willard have in his hand and eye that he habitually filed the teeth of his cogwheels without marking them; and that when someone asked him why he didn't stamp his brass with markers, he replied that it was unnecessary–his wheels were accurate. And Simon Willard was right! One proud owner of a Willard order clock says that it has run within 30 seconds of accuracy for a month.
Simon Willard died during the turbulent year of 1848. He had retired from business in 1839 and sold his tools and the good will of the business (together with the privilege of putting the name Simon Willard on the dials) to Elnathan Taber, his best apprentice. Simon Willard Jr. took these clocks and sold them at his shop in Boston.
It was this son, Simon Jr., who made the astronomical clock now in the observatory of Harvard University. His astronomical regulator was standard time for all railroads in New England.
Since the first grandfather clock appeared in England in 1681, clockmakers in this country and abroad have given them thought and consideration, so that now, when the antique hunter goes clock hunting, there is every style, every wood and every price at his disposal for this useful and beautiful ornament.