Timothy Chandler of Concord, New Hampshire. A tall case clock.
This is a very good example of a popular case form made in Concord, New Hampshire circa 1795.
This fine example is formatted in the traditional woods and proportions that one would expected from the Concord, New Hampshire region circa 1795. This interesting example is somewhat unusual in that it features fluted quarter columns in the waist section that terminate in brass quarter capitals. This is a decorative and very effect detail that is seen in numerous other case styles. It was more popular in clocks that featured hoods or bonnets that are fitted with a pierced and open fret work pattern. This case form, having the heavily molded arches was used extensively by a number of clockmakers from this region. This included Levi & able Hutchins. Very few of these known cases incorporate this quarter column detail. The vast majority of the clocks found that share what has become to be known as a Concord form, features a waist section that is flat at the corners which tends to make the clock appear heavier in it’s form. This example is easily attributed to the cabinet shop of David Young who worked in Hopkinton, NH. This attribution is based on a number of labeled examples that share the construction and form characteristics exhibited here.
This case stands proudly on applied bracket feet. They are applied to the bottom of the case and retain excellent height. The waist section is long and is fitted with a large rectangular shaped waist door. Through this one can gain access to the weights and brass faced pendulum bob for rating. The front corners are fitted with fluted quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. This is an unusual feature for this specif form. The result is a softening of the edges making this case visually narrower that one that omits this detail. The bonnet can be easily described as a swans neck form and this example is better shaped than most. The moldings are not as heavily formed and the arches have more vertical height than the vast majority of the typical Concord case styles. The arches terminate in carved pinwheels and center the finial and plinth located in the center of the hood. Two additional finials are mounted on simple plinths at the outer corners of the case. These brass finials are original to this clock and are exceptional. They are described as wine cups. The bonnet or hood columns are turned smooth and fluted along their length. These are mounted into brass capitals. Additional columns are positioned at the back of the case for visual balance. The side lights are a tombstone form and are fitted with glass. The bonnet door is an arched form and is also fitted with glass.
The iron dial is colorfully painted. Floral decorations are located in the four spandrel areas and also in the arch. Raised gesso patterns that are highlighted with gilt paint frame these floral decorations. The pattern that is exhibited in the arch is quite fancy. The time ring is formatted with Roman numeral hour markers. Arabic numerals are used as the five minute markers. This dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the seconds on subsidiary dials. This dial is signed by the clockmaker below that calendar. The signature reads in block lettering, " Timo Chandler / CONCORD." Several other examples have been found with this unusual variant of signature. One offered for sale by the late Herschel Burt in 1987 and another one offered for sale by Tim & Barb Martin in 1992 come to mind.
The movement is constructed in brass. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and is weight driven. This clock strikes the hours on a cast iron bell. It is good quality. This clock stands a very manageable 7 feet 4 inches tall and was made circa 1795.
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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