Historical framed photograph of Daniel Pratt Clock Shop. Please read complete description and view all of the photographs, they are included as part of the description. ½” Oak wood frame is 10 ¾” by 8 ¾”, glass is clean, clear and scratch free. Black and white print of photograph is 7 ¾” by 5 ¾”. Shown in the picture is Daniel Ford Pratt and his grandson Warren Manning, Jr. sitting on the counter. Calendar on the wall is November 1899. Daniel Pratt was the last in the line of a family of clockmakers.
Hand written in script on the back is information on Pratt and his business.
He did provide a large number of families with reliable clocks at modest prices, relieving them from dependence on the sun as a gauge of time.
1832 Daniel Pratt introduced his clock business in Reading, Massachusetts and successfully continued in the clock business without interruption and built up a sizable trade. In 1838-39 he employed 20 “hands,” securing his workers from Reading and the surrounding area, including North Reading. It is said that having neither water nor steam power, the motive power for his factory was supplied by hitching a horse to an ingenious windlass contrivance that was connected by gearing to the power shafts inside the plant. The horse, walking around in the circle with the pole attached to it, caused the wheels to revolve. Pratt was resourceful enough to have designed this device. Pratt clocks were “sold all over the country as well as exported.”
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