A rare and important stenciled antique lighthouse clock with porcelain dial by Simon Willard, Roxbury, Mass. Circa 1822-24.
The brass movement of this Simon Willard antique lighthouse clock with rare original alarm mechanism is housed under a blown glass dome. The lighthouse clock retains its original black painted surface and gilt stenciling. The tapered column, with gilt capital and base, is decorated with a Greek key border. The lower section is decorated on three sides with a wreath of oak leaves and acorns, all supported by brass ball feet. The porcelain dial is inscribed "Simon / Willard". The brass movement is of eight day duration and is in fine running condition. This rare clock form, which is typically referred to as a Lighthouse clock, was created by the renown clockmaker Simon Willard and patented in 1819 as an “Alarum Timepiece”. These sophisticated, high-style clocks were among the first American shelf clocks to offer the conveniences of an alarm. Simon Willard [born: Grafton Massachusetts April 3, 1753, died: Boston, Massachusetts August 30, 1848] was a highly prolific and innovative clockmaker for over sixty-five years and is responsible for a number of important refinements and patents which have forever impacted the form and function of American clocks. This example, which is signed on the porcelain dial “Simon Willard & Son’s / Patent”, was produced some time between 1823-26, during the partnership with his son Simon Willard Junior [1785-1874]. Antique lighthouse clocks are among the rarest clocks produced by Simon Willard, it is believed that less than one hundred examples survive. A Simon Willard lighthouse clock in an elegant mahogany case is considered among the most highly prized forms by sophisticated collectors.
Width: 8 3/4"; Depth: 8 1/8"
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