Timothy Chandler of Concord, New Hampshire circa 1805. This tall clock is signed on the seat board with a die-stamp.
The case is constructed woods found locally to the Concord, New Hampshire region. The primary wood is cherry and the secondary wood is New England white pine. The line inlays are most likely holley. This case has been appropriately refinished in a pleasing color. It accentuates the grain of the wood which is quite lively for cherry.
This fine example stands up on four feet. They are cut out of the base section and retain excellent height. The cutout design between the feet forms a subtle apron that drops or hangs from the base panels. This section is visually divided from the base by a line inlay pattern that begins at the back of one of the sides and continues across the front panel and ends at the back of the opposite side. This line inlay pattern is used again and forms a frame around the perimeter of the base panel. The waist section is fitted with a line inlaid rectangular shaped waist door. This is trimmed with a molded edge. Through this door one can gain access to the interior of the case and the components that include the original tin can weights and the brass faced pendulum bob. Additional inlay patterns are displayed in the blocks that support the two fluted quarter columns. Each end terminates in brass quarter columns. The bonnet is surmounted with a pierced and open fret work. This is a traditional country New England design. It is supported by three fluted plinths. Each plinth is fitted with a brass ball and spike finial. The molded arch is supported by smoothly turned and fluted bonnet columns. They are free standing and mounted in brass capitals. These flank the arched bonnet line inlaid door which is fitted with glass.
The iron dial is colorfully painted. It was most likely painted by a local artist who is not yet identified. It features paint decorated geometric fans in each of the four spandrels areas. A bird is depicted in the arch. This dial displays large Arabic numeral hour markers, Arabic numeral five minute markers, a subsidiary seconds bit and a day of the month calendar. This dial is fastened directly to the movement with out the use of a false plate.
The movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight driven or powered and designed to run for an eight-day duration and to strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mounted above the movement on a stand that is attached to the back plate.
This fine example was made circa 1800 and stands 7 feet 7 inches tall to the top of the center finial.
About Timothy Chandler of Concord, New Hampshire.
Major Timothy Chandler was born on April 25, 1762 and died on August 9, 1848. He was apprenticed to a local maker on hand cards for carding wool. He moved for a short time to Connecticut and moved back to Concord in 1785. It is not known who he learned clockmaking from. A possibility would include Peregrine White of Woodstock, Connecticut or Jonathan Hale of Pomfret, Connecticut. In Concord, he became a prolific clockmaker until his retirement in 1829. In 1797 he enlisted with the minute Men and received the commission of Major in 1799. Chandler had many interests, some of which included card making, goldsmith, silversmith, fireward and many other civic positions.We have owned numerous tall case clocks, wall timepieces and New Hampshire mirror clocks by this important New Hampshire clockmaker.
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