Jonathan Winslow

Jonathan Winslow was born in south eastern Massachusetts in the town of Rochester on August 15, 1765. He was the son of Shubael and Azubah (Blogett) Winslow. He is recorded as having moved and worked in several Massachusetts towns including New Salem, Worcester, Brookfield in 1795, Palmer and Springfield. He married Elizabeth Bailey of Worcester on January 1, 1790. Jonathan died in Springfield on July 20, 1847.

It was perviously thought that he served his clockmaking apprenticeship with the Cheneys in East Hartford, Connecticut. This family is now well known for being primarily wooden movement clockmakers. This information is disputed in Philip Morris’s new book, “American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks 1712 – 1835” due to the lack of similarity in construction styles. We have seen and owned several Winslow dwarf clocks over the last forty-five years. A percentage of these clocks are die-stamp on the seatboard by the Maker. This case form appears to be the most common form of this Maker’s output. There might be less that a dozen of these dwarf cases pictured in the horological literature.

Jonathan Winslow of Worcester, Massachusetts

This very simple country example is referred to as a “Dwarf clock.” It stands a mere 47 inches tall. The case… read more