Hall's Safe & Lock Co, Cincinnati, Ohio - 2 mvt

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The side porthole offering a view of the specially decorated wheel work of this time lock's movement. Next a comparison of the special wheels in comparison with the standard five spoke design throughout the company's time lock line.

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  The first time locks from the Hall Safe and Lock Company arrived from the E. Howard company on July 1, 1875. The first was numbered 1001 and was the same year Yale introduced their first time lock and barely a year after Sargent and Greenleaf introduced the first commercially made and marketed time lock in 1874. This time lock is serial number 1105 and so is very early in the production. The first order had an escapement design that was soon superseded by the ubiquitous 'straight line lever' escapement. This video shows the differences between the early design and the one that was adopted quickly thereafter.

c. 1875. An early example from this company where the first time lock ordered from E. Howard was in July 1, 1875 numbered 1001. That time lock case shares the same front door scalloped corners and special exterior finish work but does not have the side portholes. This author knows of one other case that has both the front door with scalloped frame and the side porthole windows. That movement is serial number 1159 and also has the specially decorated wheel hubs. It is my guess that that the portholes were used to show off the decorated wheel hubs. How many of these were made and how many survive is unknown. Time locks made under the Hall name are rare as this company was only in business a few years before being merged into the Consolidated Time Lock Co. in January of 1880 to insulate his successful safe and lock business from his risky and untested time lock business.(1) Actually, only the name changed as the time locks themselves were nearly identical. Compare to the same style lock under the Consolidated name. Only the type of window showing the movement's escapement changed to the smaller round openings to increase strength against explosion. This case was also machined to a much thinner gage than later locks, that change also probably to resist explosion attacks. Note the very nice finish, these early cases were silver plated while later cases were nickel plated. Some Hall and to a great extent their later locks manufactured under the Consolidated name suffered from degradation of the silver colored finish. It appears that their earlier locks had a better plating technique that their later locks lacked. This example also has a rare example of the escapement components being silver plated ver. the normal brass as well as square cross-hatch damascene work. 5"w x 3"h x 2.75"d. Case #11, movement #1105. file 72

 Case #73, later movement #6427. file 159

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(1) American Genius Nineteenth Century Bank Locks and Time Locks, David Erroll & John Erroll, pg 168.