Skinner & Seward Lyre or Harp wall clock.
This is a fine mahogany lyre from wall clock or Timepiece. The clock is surmounted by a turned wooden mahogany finial. The bezel is brass and is fitted with glass. It opens to allows access to the painted dial. The Maker's name can be seen signed above the numeral "Six." The signature and dial are in excellent original condition. The throat frame is flat and frames a richly grained mahogany panel. The lower box frame features a canted molding which was very popular at the time of construction. This also frames and wonderful mahogany veneered panel. The bottom of the case is fitted with an applied bracket that terminates with an acorn finial.
The lower door opens from the left and allows on access to the pendulum bob which is covered in brass. The movement is constructed in brass and is mounted to the backboard with two screws that secure the tabs on the backplate. It is weight driven and is powered by a cast iron weight. This movement is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is good quality.
The overall length of this clock is 40 inches. It is 11 inches wide and 4 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1832.
About Skinner & Seward of Boston, Massachusetts.
Alva Skinner watchmaker and clockmaker was born in Wakefield, New Hampshire in 1806 and died in Malden, Massachusetts on January 23, 1883. He likely served his apprenticeship to John Sawin in Boston.
Joshua Seward was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 5, 1809 and died in Woburn, Massachusetts on July 21, 1885. He was most likely an apprentice of John Sawin’s who worked in Boston.
The Skinner & Seward partnership was formed in 1832 and was located at 63 Congress Street in Boston.
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