Daniel Porter of Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Daniel Porter was born on July 20, 1775 in East Hartford, Conn. His parents were James Porter Jr. and Sarah (Porter) Porter. His father died when he was just two years old Ezekial Loomis, his Guardian bound him to apprencthice with the Windsor, Conneticut Clockmaker Daniel Burnap. Burnap was known to have great skill as a clockmaker and as an engraver. It is thoguht that he engraved numerous dials for other clockmakers in the region. Burnap is said to have also trained at leats ten others who made clocks. The most famous of which was Eli Terry. Porter arrived at Burnap’s shop on July 20th, 1792 when he was 17 years old and stayed until he was 21. His indenture survives. Daniel first moves from Windsor to Topsfield, MA working as a silversmith and then to Stockbridge, MA as a silversmith and clockmaker. On February 14, 1799, Daniel purchased his house and a lot on Main Street in Williamstown. This was located 10 rods or approximately 160 feet west of a well with a pump in it, and a few rods west of the College. Daniel’s married Polly Badger in 1801. They had two children. Royal Porter, a son, was born Febuary 24, 1801 and died in Charleston, SC on June 13, 1844. He was a graduate of Williams College in 1823 and worked as an editor and properitor of “The American Traveller.” Daniel died a t 35 years of age young age in 1809. His newphew Eli married his widow and took charge of the family. Eli continued to work in the clock trades.

We have sold several tall clocks made by this Maker. A tall case clock with a musical movement is known. Also known is a surveyors compass made by him.

Daniel Porter of Williamstown, Massachusetts.

This is a nicely proportioned inlaid cherry case tall clock. It stands on four nicely formed ogee bracket feet. The base… read more