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Walnut Tall Clock by Thomas Wagstaff

Auction:
2482
Lot:
58
Sold for:
$4,740$4,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 08, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

Walnut Tall Clock by Thomas Wagstaff, London and Rhode Island, c. 1785, the domed top over an arched hood door with free-standing columns, tombstone-shaped waist door and molded base, 12-in engraved sheet brass silvered dial with Roman numerals, seconds dial and signed in the arch Thos. Wagstaff London, eight-day time and strike five-pillar movement with recoil escapement, rack and snail, two brass-cased weights and pendulum, (imperfections), ht. 90 1/2 in.

Note: Thomas Wagstaff was a Quaker and his movements/dials were often cased in Philadelphia or Newport, Rhode Island, for sale to an American Quaker clientele. According to a note dated 1900 inside the case, this clock was made for Jethro Starbuck of Nantucket and descended in this family to William Benjamin Weeks, who owned the clock in 1900.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Secondary wood throughout the case is chestnut; No signficant repairs or replacements, case in old surface, period weights, pendulum, key and hands, one waist molding loose and needs gluing, dial resilvered.

Keywords

Thomas Wagstaff, Rhode Island, London, Philadelphia, William Benjamin, Anchor escapement, Clocks, Escapements, Movement, Pendulum, Time

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