The Clockmaker Joseph Gooding was born in Dighton, Massachusetts on March 6, 1773 and died in the same town on November 11, 1853. He worked both in Dighton and also Fall River, Massachusetts. Joseph was trained by John Bailey II in Hanover and started in business in 1793. He is thought to have trained his four brothers, Josiah, Alanson, Henry and John as clockmakers. Currently, we speculate that Joseph made some 40 plus tall case clocks. It appears that he numbered many of his tall case clocks on the dial. The highest number found to date is No. 38. This example is numbered. “9.” Interestingly, No. 8 is in the clock collection of Harvard University. This example, like those others documented, shares a case form and construction that reflects a strong Roxbury influence.
This superb inlaid mahogany case retains a wonderful finish that is most likely original to the clock. It has taken a… read more