A fine early Federal mahogany and eglomisé antique patent time piece, by Simon Willard, Roxbury, Massachusetts, circa 1805.
This superlative early example is in undisturbed original condition and retains an original gilt spread wing form finial above a molded hinged brass glazed dial door. This door opens to painted iron dial with Roman numerals to demark the hour. The center arbor is mounted with the original steel arrow form hands. Pierced brass sidearms, with diamond form spacers, flank a tapered throat with a line inlaid and mahogany and maple cross-banded frame, around a reverse painted glass tablet. The glass tablet is gilt painted with a lozenge border with a pink ground and piping around a graduated field of berry and foliate clusters, all on a white ground. The throat panel is secured to the case sides with four brass screws at each corner, a technique typically found on Simon Willard clocks of this period. Beneath the shield, in gilt lettering, is the inscription, “S. Willard’s / Patent”.
Height with finial: 39”; Width 10”; Depth 3 1/2”
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