David Wood of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

This is a fine birch tall case clock with a lovely painted dial signed by David Wood of Newburyport, Massachusetts. This clock was made circa 1805.

This fine country form is constructed in a birch wood case. It has been recently refinished and is in wonderful color and condition. The case is supported by applied bracket feet. These raise the base section up off the floor. The waist of this clock is long and narrow. It features a rectangular shaped waist door that is trimmed with a molded edge. The front corners of the waist section are fitted with finely reeded quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features a New England Style fret work pattern that is now associated with this Maker. We have owned several other examples that have exhibited the same fret work pattern that have had dials signed by this prolific Maker. The frets and the chimneys are original to this clock. The molded arch is supported by reeded bonnet columns. They flank the arched bonnet door and are mounted in brass capitals.

The iron dial is colorfully painted and of Boston origin. Heavy gesso designs are highlighted with gilt paint. This contrasts with the bold red and subtle green decorations. It has a lively appearance. This dial is signed by the clockmaker. It reads, “David Wood Newburyport” below the calendar aperture. This is executed in a flowing script format. The time track is formatted in Arabic numerals. This dial also features five minute markers, subsidiary seconds and a day of the month calendar. The iron hands are hand filed and simply formed. They are very effective.

The time and strike movement is of good quality. It is constructed in brass and features steel pinions. It is weight driven and designed to run for eight-days on a full wind and to strike each hour on a cast iron bell.

This clock stands approximately 7 feet 7 inches tall.

David Wood was born the son of John and Eunice Wood in Newburyport, Massachusetts on July 5, 1756. It is thought that he may have been apprenticed to either Daniel Balch Senior or one of the members Mulliken family. All of whom where prominent Clockmakers in this region. On June 13, 1792, David advertised that he had set up a shop in Market Square, near Reverend Andrews Meeting House, where he made and sold clocks. Three short years latter, he married Elizabeth Bird in 1795. It is becomes evident, that David Wood was also a Retailer. In 1806 he advertised that he had for sale "Willard’s best Patent Timepieces, for as low as can be purchased in Roxbury." In the year 1818 he and Abel Moulton, a local silversmith, moved into the shop formerly occupied by Thomas H. Balch. In 1824 he advertised that he had moved on the westerly side of Market Square opposite the Market House. After his wife’s death in 1846, he moved to Lexington to live near is son David, who was a merchant in that town. It has become quite obvious to us that David Wood was a very successful Clockmaker and Retailer of Clocks. Over the last 40 plus years of being in the business of selling clocks, we have sold many examples of wall, shelf, and tall case clocks bearing this Maker's signature on the dial.

About David Wood of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

David Wood was born the son of John and Eunice Wood in Newburyport, Massachusetts on July 5, 1766. It is thought that he may have been apprenticed to either Daniel Balch Senior or one of the members of the Mulliken family. All of whom were prominent Clockmakers in this region. On June 13, 1792, David advertised that he had set up a shop in Market Square, near Reverend Andrews Meeting House, where he made and sold clocks. Three short years latter, he married Elizabeth Bird in 1795. It has become evident, that David Wood was also a Retailer. In 1806, he advertised that he had for sale “Willard’s best Patent Timepieces, for as low as can be purchased in Roxbury.” In the year 1818, he and Abel Moulton, a local silversmith, moved into the shop formerly occupied by Thomas H. Balch. In 1824 he advertised that he had moved on the westerly side of Market Square opposite the Market House. After his wife’s death in 1846, he moved to Lexington to live near is son David, who was a merchant in that town.

It has become quite obvious to us that David Wood was a very successful Clockmaker and Retailer of Clocks. Over the last 40 plus years of being in the business of selling clocks, we have sold many examples of wall, shelf, and tall case clocks bearing this Maker’s signature on the dial.

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