Nathaniel Edwards Jr., of Acton, Massachusetts
An important cherry case tall clock made by Nathaniel Edwards Jr., of Acton, Massachusetts.
This very nicely proportioned cherry case example stands on four ogee bracket feet which are applied to a double step molding. The waist is long and narrow featuring a tomb stone shaped waist door. The sides of the case are fitted with fluted quarter columns which end in brass capitals. The bonnet features an arched glazed door, fully turned and fluted bonnet columns and a fret work style top. Three ball and spiked finials surmount this case. The plinths that the support the finials are also fluted. The iron dial is nicely painted an features a moon phase mechanism in the arch. The spandrel areas are colorfully decorated with flowers. This dial is signed below the calendar aperture which includes his working location of Acton. The brass movement is eight-day duration and of good quality. This clock will strike the hour on the hour and was made circa 1795.
The overall height is 7 feet 10.5 inches tall. This clock is inventory number GG-225.
About Nathaniel Edwards Jr., of Acton, Massachusetts.
He was born in Acton on September 19th,1770. His working dates are listed from 1791-1800. Nathaniel worked in his fatherÕs house which still stands today. It is located at 328 Pope Road which is near the Concord line. Very few clocks made by this Maker have been found. All of those have been of the tall case variety. They have been found in cherry and mahogany cases.
In 1993, the Concord Antiquarian Museum received a tall clock made by this Maker as a gift. That clock is reported to have been originally purchased by Nathan Brooks (1785-1863). He was a lawyer, legislator and a philanthropist. He was also a Whig and his wife was an abolitionist. He lived where the present library sits. This is on the corner of Main Street and Sudbury Road. This clock was purchased from the Brooks estate in 1881 for $75. It was purchased by the Richardson family. It is a descendant of this family that donated the clock.
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