Tall Case Clock


By the end of the eighteenth century when this clock was made, the most common style of domestic clock came to look like a piece of household furniture. A wooden case enclosed the movement, weights and pendulum. Through a glass window, the dial was visible.

The dial of this clock is signed “Simon Willard,” one of the most prominent clockmakers in the Boston area of his era. With his brother Aaron, he coordinated an extensive network of independent artisans for building clocks. They set up two separate workshops in Roxbury, close to the Boston market and shipping routes, and employed more than a score of workmen. They also attracted to the locale additional independent craftsmen with related skills. More than twenty clockmakers, cabinetmakers, dial painters and gilders worked for the Willards in Roxbury by 1807. To meet customer demand for things with English style and quality, they provided English-made clocks under their signatures, assembled English clock kits and made clocks from English components. They even made clock parts of their own.


Robert C, Cheney, “Roxbury Eight-Day Movements and the English Connection, 1785-1825,” Antiques (April 2000), 606-615.

Philip Zea and Robert C. Cheney, Clock Making in New England, 1725-1825 (Sturbridge, MA: Old Sturbridge Village, 1992).

Date Made: ca 1799

Maker: Willard, Simon

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.322431Accession Number: 247826Catalog Number: 322431

Object Name: case clockclock, tall case

Measurements: overall: 94 1/4 in x 20 in x 10 in; 239.395 cm x 50.8 cm x 25.4 cmpendulum: 43 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 110.49 cm x 12.065 cm x 1.27 cmwinding crank: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 19/32 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.524 cmcase key: 1 3/4 in x 3/4 in x 3/16 in; 4.445 cm x 1.905 cm x .508 cmhood: 25 1/2 in x 19 in x 9 1/2 in; 64.77 cm x 48.26 cm x 24.13 cmcase: 82 3/4 in x 20 in x 10 in; 210.185 cm x 50.8 cm x 25.4 cmwood parts to hood: fretwork: 9 in x 6 1/2 in x 3/16 in; 22.86 cm x 16.51 cm x .508 cmwood parts to hood: chimney: 3 3/16 in x 1 5/16 in x 1 5/16 in; 8.128 cm x 3.302 cm x 3.302 cmfinial #1: 7 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 7.62 cmfinial #2: 6 3/4 in x 3 in; 17.145 cm x 7.62 cmfinial #3: 7 in x 3 in; 17.78 cm x 7.62 cmmovement: 16 1/4 in x 14 in x 6 1/2 in; 41.275 cm x 35.56 cm x 16.51 cmscrew #1: 1 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 3.175 cm x .635 cmscrew #2: 1 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 3.175 cm x .635 cmcrate: 97 in x 44 in x 35 in; 246.38 cm x 111.76 cm x 88.9 cm

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Record Id: nmah_834236

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