Early American Clock Keys
By W. H. Samelius
In the early days of clock manufacturing, the making of clock keys involved a great deal of work, and different clock companies competed, more or less, in designing fancy keys. However, the methods used for designing keys in those days, were quite different than the methods that are employed today. In our modern keys, the grip is punched, the stem is drilled, and the hole is squared by automatic machines. The two parts are then assembled and the key is completed.