A rare and important Hepplewhite mahogany antique dwarf clock, Joshua Wilder, Hingham, Massachusetts, circa 1821-24. The case attributed to Abiel White, Weymouth, Massachusetts.
This very fine antique Joshua Wilder clock is an example of the rare diminutive “dwarf” case clocks produced in the Southeastern Massachusetts area. These clocks appear in a variety of styles, this example is the most refined version in a sophisticated Hepplewhite mahogany case. It is constructed as a scaled down replica of a tall clock case, complete with a removable hood. The bulk of American dwarf clocks were produced in Plymouth County by the influential Bailey family of clockmakers or by the apprentices they trained. This example was made by the important clockmaker Joshua Wilder [1786-1860]. He was apprenticed to John Bailey II [1751-1823] and became a leading member of the renowned and influential group of Quaker clockmakers from the Hingham and Hanover area of Massachusetts. Bailey had previously established a relationship with Weymouth, Massachusetts cabinetmaker Abiel White [1766-1844]. Wilder, similarly, commenced a lengthy and successful relationship with White starting during the first decade of the 19th century. The majority of the attractive clock cases, which house Wilder’s movements, are attributed to the Weymouth cabinetmaker Abiel White. The clock case is constructed of the highest quality mahogany and retains a warm, mellow color. The dial is neatly signed in flowing calligraphy below the center arbor with the maker’s name and locale “J. Wilder / Hingham”. This case form, which is attributed to Weymouth cabinetmaker Abiel White, is discussed in the related article, “Southeastern Massachusetts Dwarf Clock”, by Gary Sullivan, Antiques & Fine Art, volume IX issue 2 Winter/Spring 2009.
Height including center finial: 52”; Width 11”; Depth 5”.
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