Aaron Willard of Grafton, Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts.

Aaron Willard was born in Grafton, Massachusetts on October 13th, 1757. Little is known of his early life in Grafton. It is here that he probably learned the skill of clock making from his older brothers Benjamin and Simon. It is recorded that he did march with them in response to the Lexington Alarm on April 19,1775. In 1780, Aaron moved from Grafton to Roxbury along with his brother Simon. Here the two Willard brothers establish a reputation for themselves as fine clock manufactures. They were both responsible for training a large number of apprentices, many of which became famous clock makers in their own right. The Willards dominated the clock making industry in the Boston area during the first half of the nineteenth century. Aaron worked in a separate location in Roxbury from his brother and relocated about a quarter mile away from Simon’s shop across the Boston line about 1792. Aaron is listed in the 1798 Boston directory as a clock maker ‘on the Neck’ and his large shop employed up to 30 people, while 21 other clock makers, cabinetmakers, dial and ornamental painters and gilders worked within a quarter-mile radius by 1807. We have owned a large number of tall case clocks made by this important Maker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks as well as numerous Massachusetts shelf clock forms.

Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. A long case clock.

This is an important inlaid mahogany case tall clock made by Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. This is a classic Roxbury… read more

Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts. A labeled case.

This important inlaid mahogany case tall clock was made by Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts.   This is a classic Roxbury… read more

Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Tall case clock.

This important labeled mahogany case tall clock was made by Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts.   This is a classic Roxbury… read more