Horace Tift Timepiece form North Attleboro, Massachusetts
This is an excellent example of a timepiece made in North Attleboro, Massachusetts by Horace Tift.
This fine clock exhibits many of the design elements that are now associated with the clockmaking output from this New England town. They include a mahogany case, turned wooden mahogany bezel, frames are canted inward and feature a figured veneer and a typical finial and chimney. This particular clock features an interesting gilt pattern on the tablets which is applied from the back and stabilized with a black field. This floral pattern contrasts quite nicely with the black background. The black on the throat is original. The black on the lower tablet has been over painted and stabilized. The turned wooden bezel opens to a painted iron dial that features Roman numerals. It is signed by the Maker just above the numeral six. The brass movement is weight driven and will run for eight days on a full wind. It is mounted with two screws through the back plate.
This clock measures approximately 34 inches long to the top of the turned wooden finial.
About Horace Tift of Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Horace Tift was born in Attleboro on December 18th, 1804. He lived 84 years and died in Providence, Rhode Island on March 11, 1886. He was trained as a machinist in Millbury, MA and was thought to been in the clock business until 1850 when he is last listed as a Jewelry manufacturer.
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