Historic Jacobs Jewelers clock returns downtown

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The historic clock that stood at the corner of Laura and Adam streets for decades is back after a one-year overhaul.

The Jacobs Jewelers clock was removed and spent the past year being restored. Over the past few weeks, a new foundation was built for the 2.2-ton clock, and on Monday, the clock itself was erected.

Workers said the clock may be up and running by the end of the day, but will undergo more than a week of testing before its official unveiling on April 17.

The unique, 1901 timepiece is one of 12 remaining out of only 100 manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Connecticut.  Jacobs Jewelers purchased the clock and installed it in front of their original location on Bay Street soon after the Great Fire of 1901 as a symbol of Jacksonville emerging from the catastrophic event.

The store and the clock moved from Bay Street to Forsyth Street several years later, then moved again in 1930 to the corner of Laura and Adams Street, the store's current location. 

The company donated the clock to the city of Jacksonville in 1995.

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