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Bowler & Burdick on the dial

MUN CHOR-WENG

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Bowler & Burdick started selling 400-day clocks in the late 1890s using imported movements made by JUF, Andreas Huber, Wurth and Kienzle. They had the name of the company printed on the dial of the clock such as the one shown below.
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The company trademarked the " ANNIVERSARY " name in December 1901 for use to describe these 400-day clocks, and they made it a point to add the words "ANNIVERSARY Trade Mark Registered" on the dials. The 400-day clock shown below in a French 4-glass brass case, has those words in addition to the name of the company on the dial.
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Terwilliger in the description in his one of his Silent Auction catalogues, of one 400-day clock with the name Bowler & Burdick on the dial, mentioned that jewelry stores objected to having the Bowler & Burdick Co. name on the dial. The company most probably addressed the issue and discontinued the practice of including the name of the company on the dial. That probably explained why very few 400-day clocks sold by Bowler & Burdick have their name on the dial. Most of them just have the words ANNIVERSARY Trade Mark Registered written on the dial like the one shown below .

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The back plate of the clock in the French brass 4-glass case shown below is similar to Plate 1471 made by JUF in 1902.

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The pendulum with the short conical extension is not listed in the Repair Guide, but there is one with a longer conical extension is listed under No 22. Both pendulums are quite rare, and when found were associated with clocks that were sold by Bowler & Burdick.

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The dial on this 400-day clock in a French brass 4-glass case is unique, being the only one documented to date of having two sets of inscriptions.

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Hi Mun,

Does your 4-glass clock have a cover plate on the bottom of the pendulum? I've seen this on a few B&B 4-glass clocks including the one I own.
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Eric
 

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