Reuben Tower (1795-1881) is another important member of the influential Quaker clockmakers working in southeastern Massachusetts. He was likely apprenticed to Joshua Wilder. Tower produced clocks in the same manner as Wilder and also married his daughter Ezra Wilder in 1819. (It was a surprisingly common occurrence for the apprentice to marry the master’s daughter.)
Reuben Tower worked locally in the adjacent towns of Hingham, Hanover, Kingston and Plymouth. While he produced just two tall clocks and a handful of shelf clocks and banjo clocks, he specialized in fine dwarf clocks. Tower produced close to thirty dwarf clocks, all in very similar cases and styles to those made by Wilder. His clock movements are in cases also attributed to nearby Weymouth cabinetmaker Abiel White. His antique clocks are rarely for sale in the marketplace, but when available they are avidly pursue by collectors.
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