Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire
This is a fine country maple case tall clock made by Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire.
This case is nicely proportioned and stands approximately 7 feet 10 inches tall to the top of the center finial. The case is constructed in maple and the secondary wood is white pine. Note that the maple does exhibit some tiger graining. This case stands on an applied bracket base. The feet have good height and transition to bold returns. The waist section features a simple rectangular shaped waist door. The bonnet features a simple variation of a New England style fretwork design. This includes the three brass ball and spike finials which are mounted or supported on finial plinth or chimneys. The bonnet columns are turned and fluted. The door is arched in form and is fitted with glass. The movement is brass, eight-day duration and of good quality. The dial is paint decorated. The colors are wonderful and include red, gold, and green. This painted dial is signed by the Maker in script. It also lists his working location as “Concord, N. H.” This dial is of Boston origin and was most likely painted by the firm Willard and Nolan.
This clocks stands 7 feet 10 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It was circa 1810.
About Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire.
Abel Hutchins worked with his older brother Levi in partnership from 1786 through 1803. Both boys were born in Harvard, Massachusetts the sons of Colonel Gordon Hutchins. Levi was born on August 17, 1761 and Abel was born two years later in March. Both men lived into their nineties. On December 6, 1777, the brothers entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard of Grafton, Massachusetts. At this time Levi was sixteen and Abel was fourteen years old. In 1780, Levi moved to Abington, CT for a period of approximately eight months to learn some watchmaking skills. He then moved to Concord, New Hampshire and opened a shop on Main Street. He was the first clockmaker to manufacture brass clocks in New Hampshire. Abel worked for a short time in Roxbury after his commitment to Simon was over. Abel is listed in the Roxbury tax assessor’s records in 1784. He was also appointed a fireward with Aaron Willard and Elijah Ward. It is in Roxbury that he married Elizabeth Partridge in January of 1786. Two of her sisters also married clockmakers Aaron Willard and Elnathan Taber. Shortly after their marriage, it appears that Abel moved to Concord, NH and formed a partnership with his bother sometime in 1786. Here they began what must have been a very productive business of making clocks. In 1803, Abel bought out his brothers interests in the partnership and continued making clocks in the same location. The shop was destroyed by fire on November 25th, 1817. Abel built the Phoenix Hotel on the same site. It opened for business on January 1st, 1819. He prospered as a innkeeper until he retired in 1832.
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