AARON L. DENNISON
This timepiece was manufactured in 1994 by Freeport
clockmakers The Balzer Family and dedicated to Aaron L. Dennison who was born in Freeport
and is recognized as the father of the watchmaking industry in the United States.
This is the first mechanical "tower" clock manufactured in the United States
Time, half-hour and hour toll, hour chime.
Mechanical, weight driven, pendulum regulated. Automatic weight winding
system. Denison double legged gravity escapement, pallets jeweled in Brazilian
Cast iron legs, upper plates, bridge plate, wind wheels, and pendulum bob.
Steel base, shafts, pinions, and levers. Brass wheels and bushing.
The large drum is divided into a grid. Each pin in the drum represents a
note. On the hour, the chime section of the clock movement drives the mechanical
drum and as the drum turns, the pins in the drum engage a micro switch activating the
corresponding chime tube hammer which strikes the note. The location of the pin
determines the note to be played. Changing the location of the pins changes the
Jesu Joy of Man's
Desiring - Bach
Minuet - Bach
Good Old Summertime
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky
Bicycle Built for Two
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Frosty the Snowman