Abel Stowell of Worcester, Massachusetts.
This is a well proportioned country case which features a number of decorative construction details.
The case is constructed in cherry and currently retains an older surface that has been rubbed down. The wood selected has an active grain pattern for cherry. Cherry is typically a straight grain wood. Here is is figured with swirls and flowing lines. The coloring is warm and inviting. This case stands on four lovely applied ogee bracket feet. They are constructed on a smaller scale and are applied to the bottom of the case. A double stepped molding aides the transition to the base. The front panel of which is cross banded in mahogany. The waist section is long. It is fitted with a large tombstone shaped waist door that is trimmed with a simple molded edge. This door is also cross banded with a narrow mahogany boarder. It opens to allow one access to the tin can weights and the brass framed pendulum bob. The bob is supported by a wooden rod. The sides of the waist feature long fluted quarter columns. Both of these terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals. The bonnet features a molded arch. This supports a New England style pierced and open fret work pattern. Three fluted chimneys or finial plinths support the three brass finials. Fully turned and fluted free standing bonnet columns terminating in turned brass capitals flank the bonnet door. This arched door is fitted with glass and opens to access the painted dial.
The painted dial is decorated with raised gesso patterns that are highlighted with gilt paint. These decorations are found in the spandrel areas as well as in the arch. In the center of this arch is a large painted rose. The colors are exceptional and the theme reenforces the country feel of this clock. The time ring is displayed in both Arabic numerals used for the five minute markers and Roman Numerals are used to mark each hour. A subsidiary seconds dial is located with in the time track. This clock is signed on the dial by the clockmaker. In large block lettering it reads, "Abel Stowel." It is worth noting that the origin of this dial and it's decoration are of local.
The movement is brass and of good quality. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is constructed in the traditional format in that it will strike each hour on a cast iron bell. This clock was made circa 1795 and stands 7 feet 7 inches tall.
About Abel Stowell Senior of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Abel Stowel was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 12, 1752. He lived 66 years before he died on August 3, 1818. He was an ingenious individual. He is listed as a clockmaker, watchmaker, screw maker and inventor. Over his lifetime, he applied for and was granted several patents for various types of machinery. Many of these patents involved cutting the head of a screw. Abel Sr had three children who followed him into the clockmaking, watch making and the jewelry trades. Even his daughter Faith, married the clockmaker James Ridgeway Jr., in January of 1802. Ridgeway was an apprentice of his.
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