いくつかのおじいさんの時計履歴およびクロック歴史は古い取得することはありません。 ちょうどサイモン·ウィラード、アーロン·ウィラードとベンジャミン·ウィラードの話を見てください。 1936年に書かれた記事では、今も書か一つとしてクロック史家に関して、有益で興味深いものです。 祖父時計愛好家は最低限この興味深いを見つけることが確実である。
多くのものは、フランクリンストリート店の板ガラス窓の後ろに座って少しグループによって議論されていた。 そして、それはどちらか正確に真実ではありません。 多くのものは、ブローチ加工されていたが、議論はほぼ完全に宿主によるモノローグ、多くのアンティークの国の奥地へのトレッキングや早期アメリカンアンティーク上の権威のベテランだった。 今して最後の誰かにそれら月並みの最後の言葉が発声するまで聞いてメンバーは、より多くのあらゆる事実上の使用のためにも流れる礼拝堂を保つために、会話にいくつかの単語を投げるでしょう。「？何時それがためになっているの」
無意識のうちに視線は背の高い支配に向けたおじいさんの時計奥の壁に対して。 その後、彼らは戻って、現代の腕時計に落ち、協調開始のための時計があった同じ時間を指摘した。 誰もそれを言及していないが、それはすべて「単なる偶然」だった。精神的な合意の微妙なソートがあったしかし、それはありませんでした。 その古い祖父の時計はまだ時間、および正しい時刻を保っていた。 “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. When he was 82 he made the large clock in the Capitol at 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. To the connoisseur with blood in his eye the clock made by Simon is much the finer. To the casual onlooker both the clocks are rare examples of early American grandfather (or long case) clocks.
A Simon Willard “Grandfather” clock (left), which is still in first-class condition. The case is very handsome with its curved fretwork on top. Phases of the moon and the days of the month are both given. 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.”
Reliable Clocks Kept Puritan Sabbath
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:
A Simon Willard 'Grandfather' clock (left), which is still in first-class condition. The case very handsome with its curved fretwork on top. Phases of moon and days month are both given. Simon Willard made his first at age 13. 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. Timepieces which run 30 hours and warranted, price 10 dollars. 。 。 。 Chime clocks that will play six tunes, price 120 dollars. 。 。 。 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.