Timothy Chandler of Concord, New Hampshire. A country tall case clock in maple.
This is a nice diminutively sized country case example of a Concord, New Hampshire tall clock made by Timothy Chandler circa 1800.
The use of maple in the construction of this case is often seen in clock cases originating from this region. This example features a number of panels that exhibit a light tiger grain pattern. This effect provides depth in an otherwise simple wood structure. The shellac based finish has been professionally reapplied. The color is excellent.
This case stands stands up on an applied bracket base. As is the case with the majority of clocks that share this foot form, the feet on this example have lost about an inch in height. What remains is original to this clock and they are well formed. The waist section is fitted with a large rectangular shaped waist door that is simply trimmed with a molded edge. Through this one can gain access to the original tin can weights and brass faced pendulum bob. The bonnet is fitted with a traditional New England style fret work pattern. This is popular pattern. Three finial plinths or chimneys each supports a single brass ball and spike finial. The molded arch is visually supported at the front by two turned hood columns. These turned smooth and are mounted into brass capitals. They are freestanding. Additional quarter columns are positioned at the back of the hood. The side lights are a rectangular shape 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 depicted in the four spandrel areas. A blue bird is painted in the arch. Additional florals and gilt design surround the central theme of a bird. 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 a subsidiary dial. This dial is mounted to the movement with a false plate.
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 movement is supported in the case on a seat-board. This seat-board is die-stamped by the Maker. The stamp reads, " T. CHNADLER."
This clock stands a very manageable 7 feet 4.5 inches tall and was made circa 1795. It is inventory number 2654.
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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