Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Wall timepiece or banjo clock.  -SOLD-

This is a fine Federal Massachusetts wall Timepiece or “Banjo clock.” It was made by Elnathan Taber of Roxbury Massachusetts circa 1825. This example is signed by the Maker on the dial.

This case is constructed in mahogany and incorporates half round mahogany frames that are fitted with reverse painted glass panels. These are original to this clock and are in excellent condition. A turned mahogany acorn finial is mounted to a finial plinth located at the top of the case. The sides of this case were never fitted with brass sidearms. The bezel is brass and is fitted with glass. It opens to allow one access to the finely crafted steel hands and the painted iron dial. This dial is signed by the Clockmaker, “E. Taber / Roxbury.” The signature is in excellent condition. The time track displays the hours in Roman style numerals. The time only weight driven movement is brass construction and of good quality. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It features long plates that are supported by the sides of the case. The movement is also secured with through bolts which remain with this clock. The pendulum rod is fitted with a brass faced bob.

This clock measures approximately 33 inches long overall and was made between 1823 and 1826. This clock is inventory number TT-119.

About Elnathan Taber Roxbury, Massachusetts

Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768. He is the older brother of Stephen Taber. Both brothers traveled to Roxbury and were trained as clockmakers by the Willards. After serving his apprenticeship, Elnathan stayed in Roxbury and worked closely with his Mentor Simon. They had a prosperous working relationship and he became one of Willards most famous apprentices. We have owned and sold numerous tall case clocks made by this maker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and coffin clocks as well as several Massachusetts shelf clock forms.


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