Levi & Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire
This is a very good example of a cherry case tall clock made by New Hampshire’s premier clockmakers, Levi and Able Hutchins of Concord.
This example is formatted in the traditional woods and proportions that one would expected from the Concord, New Hampshire region circa 1790. This case is constructed in cherry and retains it’s original surface. The case stands on applied bracket feet. They are applied to the bottom of the case as part of the base molding. The waist section is long and is fitted with a large tombstone shaped waist door. Through this one can gain access to the tin can weights an pendulum. The bonnet can be easily described as a swans neck form. This example is better shaped than most. The moldings are not as heavily formed and the arches have more vertical height than the vast majority of the typical Concord case styles. The rosettes are finely carved in a pinwheel pattern. Three cast brass finials are mounted at thetop of the bonnet. The bonnet columns are turned smooth and mounted into brass capitals. The bonnet door is an arched form and is fitted with glass. The dial is brass. It is made up of two separate pieces that are riveted together. The surface is richly engraved and covered in a silver wash. This is the typical formatted that one expects to find when looking at a clock made by these two brothers. The details found here are skillfully engraved. This includes the time ring which is formatted in Roman numeral hour markers and Arabic five minute markers, the date of the month calendar, the seconds dial, the floral decorations and the Maker’s signature. This dial is signed in the arch “Levi & Abel Hutchins, Concord.” The movement is constructed in brass. The teeth in the gear trains are deeply cut. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and is weight driven. This clock strikes the hours on a cast iron bell. It is good quality. This clock stands approxmately 7 feet 1 inches tall and was made circa 1790.
About Levi & Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire.
Levi Hutchins was born in Harvard, Massachusetts on August 17, 1761. His brother Abel was born two years later in March. Both men lived into their nineties. Gordon Hutchins, their father, served in the Revolutionary War as a captain. He organized a Company from the Concord area that fought at Bunker Hill. Levi was enlisted as the fifer. His father fearing for Levi’s safety, forced him to stay on high ground in Medford. Levi witnessed the burning of Charlestown wanted to see action himself, so he enlisted in Captain Lewis, Company and was taken into the mess. After the war, he was placed in school and later became a school teacher. On December 6th, 1777, the brothers both entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard of Grafton, Massachusetts. At this time Levi was sixteen and Abel was fourteen years old. They returned to Concord New Hampshire some time before 1784. Levi and Able Hutchins were in business together making clocks for some Twenty one years (1786-1807).
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