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 25th, 1762 in Rumford, Maine and died on July 22nd, 1848 in Concord, NH. He is the son of Timothy and Elizabeth (Copp) Chandler and was one of five chldren. It is not known who specifically taught him the art of clockmaking. It is known that he traveled to Pomfret, Connecticut in 1770-1783 to serve an apprenticeship to Jonathan Hale who was a wool card maker. It is speculated that Chandler may have also trained as a clockmaker with Peregrine White who was at work in nearby Woodstock. (Timothy named one of his sons Peregrine White Chandler.) Timothy moved back to Concord in 1791 and advertised tall clocks for sale. He was also appointed Sealer of Weights and Measures in Concord, NH. It is reported that in Novemeber of 1787, Timothy married Sarah Abbott of Concord. This suggests that he must have traveled back and forth to Concord form Pofret before he settled there. Together they had twelve children. In Concord, Timothy became a prolific clockmaker until his retirement in 1829. His ain competition being Levi and Abel Hutchins. Timothy was responsible for training several clockmakers including his sons, Timothy Jay, John Bradley and Abeil. He also trained Deacon Cyrus Eastman of Amherst, NH. Eastman served a seven year apprenticeship which ended about 1814. In 1797, he enlisted with the Minute Men and received the commission of Major in 1799. He also served as vice-president and then the president to the Merrimack Agricultural Society in the early 1800’s. In 1808, he was appointed the Surveyor of Highways in Concord. On the evening of August 17th, 1809, he suffered a fire that originated from his air furnace or forge in his clock manufactory. The manufactory, with all its contents, the house, the barn full of hay and two other hay barns were lost at a value of $5,000. Interestingly, the citizens of Concord raised $1,200 in order to help off set his losses and to rebuild. Chandler would rebuild, and continue his career as a clockmaker. In 1814, when Governor Gilman ordered the creation of local companies to defend the town in the event of attack, Chandler, now in his 50s, again volunteered to serve in the militia. In 1819, he served as Chairman of first “Lancastrian School.” In 1820, he and his son Timothy Jay formed a partnership as T. Chandler & Son. This lasted four years until T. Chandler & Co was formed in 1824 and lasted until 1828. This second company also included Timothy Jay. In 1825, Timothy Chandler was one of the nine officers of the newly formed New Hampshire Mutual Fire Insurance Company, one of New Hampshire’s earliest fire insurance providers. In 1827, he served as chairman of the group that organized the Unitarian Society. In 1829 through 1830 he joined his son Abeil under the firm name of A. Chandler & Co. After 1830, he worked alone and also served as President of Concord’s first Temperance Society, was Vice President of Concord Mechanics Association and One of 17 original trustees of N.H. Savings Bank. In 1834, he named 3 of Concord’s streets.

We have owned numerous examples of his work. These include tall clocks, timepieces, mirror clocks and shelf clocks. A fair number of silver items are also known.

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