Elnathan Taber Shelf Clock (Roxbury, Mass.)

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Elathan Taber Mass shelf clock


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An early "Massachusetts Shelf Clock" in a fine Hepplewhite case, by Elnathan Taber, Roxbury, Massachusetts, circa 1800.

This Elnathan Taber shelf clock is a successful American form referred to as a “Massachusetts shelf clock” which was popularized by the Willard clock making shops. Elnathan Taber active in Roxbury from 1789-1854 was a successful apprentice of the renowned Simon Willard. This shelf clock features an early kidney shaped iron dial with beetle and poker hands. The lower tablet has floral decorations on a deep maroon ground centering a diamond, signed in block lettering with the makers name "E. TABER". The dial is also signed on the reverse by the dial painter "Taber's". The base section has a barber-pole inlaid perimeter around a vibrant panel of figured mahogany within a broad cross banded border with ovolo corners. The case rests on ogee bracket feet.


Height 32 3/4”; Width 13 ½”; Depth 6”



Call (781) 828-1650 or E-mail us for questions or pricing on this item. Please reference inventory number 009050.

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