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Benjamin Willard Cherry Tall Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2724M
Date / Time :
May 03, 2014 10:00AM


Benjamin Willard Cherry Tall Clock, Grafton, Massachusetts, c. 1770, the pagoda top with brass finials, freestanding columns flanking the hood door over the composite brass Roman numeral dial with silvered chapter ring, seconds dial and name boss in the arch engraved Benjamin Willard/Grafton/Fecit, matted center and cast brass spandrels, the serpentine shaped waist door over the two-stage base molding, eight-day brass hour-striking movement regulated by a pendulum cast with "Morris" and powered by two iron weights, ht. 88 in.

Note: See Paul Foley, Willard's Patent Timepieces p. 330-331, for biographical information on Benjamin Willard and p. 285 for an illustration of a pendulum bob with "Morris" casting.
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Pagoda top and base are the original, finials are replacements, movement seating board blocked with an original block and an object left replacement block, movement and dial are original to the case, "Morris" bob has lost detail of the pendulum bob, movement presently striking on wire gong attached to backboard, movement needs complete overhaul

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Benjamin Willard, Grafton, Massachusetts, Paul Foley