Monday, October 19, 2009

Jessop's clock

Have you ever wondered about this spectacular clock on the lower level at Horton Plaza shopping mall? The clock was built by a young watchmaker named Claude D. Ledger for J. Jessop and Sons Jewelry in 1907. They entered the clock in the state fair in Sacramento that year and won first place. After the fair, the clock was installed in front of the store at 952 Fifth Avenue. It has moved two times since then - once in 1927 and then in 1984 to its current spot at Horton Plaza. Click here to read more of the clock's history and some fun facts. Click here to enlarge the photo to the left and see a few of the real jewels and a little bell set in the inner workings. For those of you that can see it in person, look for a little bear in the clock which was stuck there by a child during the 1907 fair.

It's ticking again - 11/5/09 - click here to read the story.


Anonymous Paula said...

Interesting story, and what a beautiful old clock!

Mon Oct 19, 09:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jacob said...

It is a gorgeous piece, and it's about "time" you posted its picture! ;-)

Mon Oct 19, 01:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when Mr. Jessop came into my Gold and Silver plating shop and asked me to completely refinish and gold plate the internal works of this clock. It was my honor to do so. It really looks great after. That was in the 1980's. I still have the San Diego Tribune newspaper article.

Fri Dec 21, 10:04:00 AM PST  

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