JOHN BLISS and Co, No 2960
JOHN BLISS and Co, No 2960
JOHN BLISS and Co, No 2960

JOHN BLISS and Co, No 2960

c. 1890 to 1900 NEW YORK

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A fine 2-Day Marine Chronometer in a three-tier Mahogany box, the silvered dial signed John Bliss &Co., New York, No. 2960. The case is also numbered.

The movement is of exceptional quality having been made by the firm of Victor Kullberg, London. Numbered with their serial No. 6935 (discovered discreetly stamped to the movement holding ring), the movement has a Palladium balance spring, Earnshaw spring-detent and typical Kullberg balance, being a variation of the Earnshaw design. The brass plates are well spotted and, as in most chronometers by Kullberg, the mechanism has a reverse fusee arrangement.

Kullberg made many movements for Bliss and at this time was supreme in both finish and accuracy, winning between 1881-1914 the Greenwich Annual Trials no less than 22 times.

The various accolades of the firm’s work are too numerous to mention in their entirety, but to mention two, he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour in 1889 and the Grand Prix in 1900. His craftsmen L.Sanfrid and G.Abbott both received medals at the Paris Exhibition of 1900.

Date: circa 1890 - 1900

Height: 7 ⅞ in (20 cm)
Wide: 7 ¼ in (18.5 cm)
Deep: 7 ⅝ in (18.75 cm)

* The firm of John Bliss conducted business from 128 Front Street, New York 1880-1929. They were suppliers of both chronometers (some to the US Navy) and meteorological instruments.

The serial numbers of both Bliss and Kullberg are listed in Mercer’s ‘Chronometer Makers of the World’ as relating to the year of 1899.
JOHN BLISS & CO. New York No. 2960
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