Enoch Burnham of Paris, Maine.

It is not currently known where Enoch Burnham was born. It is now assumed that he was born in the Paris area sometime around 1770.  The town or village of Paris is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Portland in Oxford County.  It is the county seat. It is a charming village having wonderful views of both Mt. Chocorua and Mt. Washington. Both of which are in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  The town is known for it’s excellent pastures and it’s orchards have thrived for years.  It also benefits from having the Little Androscoggin River which provided water power for the industrious minded.  Burnham was well established as a clockmaker in Paris prior to 1800.  It is recorded that Burnham owned a considerable amount of land in this small farming community. He also trained Jonathan Bemis as one of his apprentices. Burnham is later recorded as living in Westbrook, Maine in the 1820’s until his death sometime before 1850.  

Very few clocks by Burnham are known.  Examples of signed Burnham clocks are difficult to come by.  Most of the tall case clocks reported are signed on the dial.  The place location is almost alway listed as Paris.  A single Westbrook example is known.  For a more complete listing of these Makers, please review “Clockmakers & Clockmaking in Maine  1770 – 1900,” written by Joseph R. Katra Jr.

Enoch Burnham of Paris, Maine. Tall case clock.

The style or form of this case is common to New England. This case is constructed in birch and has the… read more