Alanson Gooding of New Bedford, Massachusetts
This is a very nice example of a mahogany cased kidney dial shelf clock. The case sits up on applied French Feet. All four feet are nicely formed and flare out at the bottom. A decorative skirt hangs from the base panel and ties these elements together. This is a very effective detail. The base section of this case is cross banded with mahogany. This frames a center panel. This panel serves double duty as a door. The door is framed with a cock beaded molding. The panel is veneered with a wonderful crotch pattern of mahogany. This door is hinged on the right and provides access to the weight and pendulum. The sides of this clock are also veneered in good quality mahogany. A decorative molding transitions the case from the base to the bonnet. The bonnet features a molded arch. This molding is applied to the case. The top is surmounted with three fluted finial plinths. The center plinth supports an American eagle with outstretched wings. This decorative finial is brass. The bonnet door is also veneered in mahogany. The interior opening conforms to the shape of the painted iron dial. This is fitted with glass. This dial is often called a "Kidney" form. It is signed “A. Gooding, New Bedford” in the lower section. A colorfully painted geometric fan and decorative gilt work are also featured in this location. The time track is displayed in Arabic numerals. Simple steel hands will indicate the time. The movement is weight powered and is mounted to a seatboard. It is constructed in brass and should run approximately eight days on a full wind. It is a time only design.
This clock was made circa 1815 and measures approximately 31 inches tall.
About Alanson Gooding
Alanson Gooding was born in Dighton, Massachusetts on March 4th, 1789. He died in New Bedford, Massachusetts on November 18, 1877. Their were four brothers in the Gooding family that are listed as clockmakers. All were born to Joseph Gooding and Rebecca Macomber. The the four clockmaking brothers are Joseph born in 1773, Josiah born in 1777, John born in 1780 and Alanson. It is thought that Alanson trained under his older brother Joseph as a clockmaker. Joseph is reported to have trained with the Bailey’s of Hanover, MA. Alanson is listed as a clockmaker, watchmaker and merchant in New Bedford, for the period 1810-1840. Signed tall case clocks are also known. For a more complete reference, please read Paul Foley’s outstanding book, “Willard’s Patent Time Pieces.”
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