"Chelsea" Clock Museum
"Chelsea" Clock Museum
Fairhaven MFG & Vermont Clock Companies
After the failure of the Eastman Clock Company, Joseph Eastman, joined with Busby Bell and Tool Company of Fairhaven, Vermont in 1896 to form the Fairhaven Manufacturing Company. Fairhaven Manufacturing Company became the Vermont Clock Company in 1898, also in Fairhaven. Clocks were produced in Fairhaven with movements from the original Boston Clock Company and the Eastman Clock Company in addition to Fairhaven MFG Co. and Vermont Clock Company movements. Although the Vermont Clock Company catalog of 1900 offered a wide variety of clocks, only about 3000 total items were produced during the period 1896 until production ceased about 1902.
Eastman regulator, circa 1896. Factory records show that the first clock
sold by Fairhaven MFG Co. was a regulator clock marked "H. N. Lockwood, Boston",
exactly like this clock. The movement in this clock is not signed, which is quite unusual
for a product of Joseph Eastman.
Fairhaven Manufacturing Company, carriage, 1897
Fairhaven Manufacturing Company, 4.5" marine, 1897
"Dedham Golf Club, Handicap, 1st Prize, 1897"
Vermont Clock Company, 5" marine, circa 1900
"Vermont Clock Co., Fairhaven, Vt."
Vermont marine clocks were the last marine types made by Joseph H. Eastman
Vermont Clock Company, 8.5" wardroom, circa 1900, 8.5" marine, circa 1898
To date, this is the only known photograph of Joseph Eastman's clock production.
It is believed to have been taken at the Vermont Clock Company, circa 1900.
This photograph includes street clock movements, crystal regulators, a wooden octagon
wall clock, all offered in their catalog of 1900, and the shop regulator, type unknown.
Hidden behind the electric light on the far right is a banjo clock, also known to have
been produced in Fairhaven. The names of the persons shown are unknown.
Pages 16 and 17 from Vermont Clock Co. catalog of 1900, single arbor tandem wind
movement and McMillan's patent #664,886. No examples marked Vermont Clock Co.
are known to exist. It is with certainty, that this tandem wind ship's bell
clock shown here has a Boston Clock Company movement and is the movement shown in
McMillan's patent document of 1901. Of interest is the fact that this patent document
also includes an attachment for a remote bell setup. The patent document shows three bells
and a battery. Known examples of this clock with movements marked Vermont Clock Company
have side by side arbors, in the style of Chelsea ship's bell clocks. This is one of three known clocks.
Boston/Vermont 5" Ship's Bell Clock, circa 1899
Vermont 5" Ship's Bell Clock, circa 1901
Vermont Clock Co. ship's bell movement.
8.5" engraved dial, Geo. D. McMillen, New York, McMillen's Patent.
Vermont "Striking" Carriage Clock