John Rogers of Newton, Massachusetts
This is a fine cherry case clock that exhibits classic New England proportions. The finish is most likely original to the clock. It is somewhat dry and would benefit from a good hard waxing. This case proudly stands on applied bracket feet. A double stepped molding transitions the feet to the base of the clock. The waist section is fitted with a large tombstone waist door. This is fitted with an applied molding. The open fretwork style bonnet is surmounted with three ball and spiked finials. They are brass and are mounted to finial plinths which are capped. The bonnet has an arched glazed door. This door is flanked by fully turned bonnet columns. The columns terminate in brass capitals. The iron dial is colorfully painted and feature florals in the spandrel areas and in the arch. It is signed by the Clockmaker below the calendar aperture. The eight day weight driven movement is brass and of good quality.
This clock was made circa 1800. The overall height is a 7 feet 10 inches tall. It is inventory number II-73.
About John Rogers of Newton, Massachusetts.
John Rogers was born in 1724 and died in Newton on October 19, 1815 at the age of 91. He is also listed as a blacksmith and reportable trained under a Joseph Ward. He maintained two shops. One in Newton and the other in Waltham. He had a number of business dealings with Clockmaker Benjamin Willard. A law suit file against Willard is recorded. The few signed John Rogers clocks we have owned and sold over the years seem to resemble the style of the latter Massachusetts Makers and their competitors. Examples of brass composite dials, an engraved brass dial and painted dial clocks are known.
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