Jacob Sargeant of Springfield, Massachusetts
This is a very nice tall case clock made by Jacob Sargeant of Springfield, Massachusetts.
This is a nice country cased example constructed in cherry and featuring good proportions. The case stands on wonderfully formed ogee bracket feet . They exhibit good height and an interesting variation of the form. They are applied to a double step molding. Fluted quarter columns are inset into the waist section. They terminate in brass quarter capitals and center the nicely shaped waist door. The bonnet columns are also fluted and terminate in brass capitals. An interesting fretwork pattern, three fluted finial plinths and three brass ball and spiked finials surmount the top of the bonnet. The bonnet door is arched in form and opens to the painted dial which is signed by the Maker. The arch of the dial features a moon phase mechanism that tracts the lunar calendar. The movement is brass eight-day duration and of good quality.
This clock was made circa 1800. The height of this example to the top of the center finial is 7 feet 10 inches tall. It is inventory number 26198.
About Jacob Sargeant of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Jacob Sargeant was born in Mansfield, Connecticut on February 28, 1761. He was the son of Samuel and Hannah ( Baldwin ) Sargeant. He was engaged in watch and clock making as early as 1785. In 1787 he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts and continued to make clocks and to sell jewelry. Here he employed his younger brother Thomas as an apprentice. In October 1795 he advertised in the “Courant,” a Hartford newspaper, that he had moved or “Established his business at the sign of the Golden Watch a few rods South of the State House in Hartford.“ He remained in Hartford until his death in 1843.
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