Moses Wing of Windsor, Connecticut. Tall case clock.
This is a fine cherry case tall clock with an engraved silvered brass dial made by Moses Wing of Windsor, Connecticut.
This clock stands on an applied molding which rest flat on the floor. The waist is long and narrow and features a nicely shaped waist door. The sides of this case are fitted with fluted quarter columns that end in decoratively turned wooden capitals. The bonnet is a modified pagoda form that is original to the clock. It supports three turned wooden finials. The center finial is mounted on a platform while the other two are supported on square plinths. The bonnet door is a tomb-stoned shape and is fitted with glass. Fully turned and and free standing bonnet columns are located on either side of this door. This case exhibits typical proportions and wood selection for this region.
The dial is brass and has been silvered with a wash. It is skillfully engraved with decorative designs. It is signed by the Maker in the arch along with his working location. The time and strike movement is brass, eight-day duration and of good quality. This clock made circa 1785 and stands approximately 7 feet 10 inches tall.
This clock is inventory number HH-16.
About Moses Wing of Windsor, Connecticut.
Moses Wing was born April 25,1760. He served in the Revolutionary War and was present at the retreat from New York. He was know as a Goldsmith, but made brass clocks, silver spoons, etc. By the style of the dial and the construction of the movement and case, one can assume that he trained with Daniel Burnap who was a Thomas Harland apprentice. Wing died in 1809 and is buried in Windsor where his tombstone still stands.
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