Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire. A tiger maple cased tall clock. XXSL-63.

This Abel Hutchins tall cased clock features a tiger maple case and wonderful country proportions. It was made in Concord, New Hampshire circa 1810.

This very nice example exhibits typical New England proportions. It is primarily constructed in maple and features a number of woods panels that feature tiger maple graining. This combination is somewhat unusual and suggests that this case may have been a special request by a savvy client. The case stands or is elevated off the floor on a cut-out bracket base. The feet are simple formed and transition into an interesting drop apron. The apron is visually separated from the base panel by a decorative molding that is applied on the front panel and along the two side of the base. The base panel is long and features tiger striping which is most predominate on the outer edges. The waist is long and features a rectangular shaped waist door that is trimmed with an applied molding. The panel or selection of wood used for this door features tiger striping in the wood. The front corners of the waist section are fitted with fluted quarter columns that are stopped with brass rods at the bottom and are secured to the case with decorative brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is surmounted by a country New England style fretwork design. This pattern is one that is common to the Concord, New Hampshire region. It is very nicely formed. The three fluted chimney plinths are capped at the top and each supports a brass ball and spike finial. The two bonnet columns are also fluted and stopped with brass rods. These flank the bonnet door. This door is arched in form and is fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted dial.

This iron dial is of Boston origin and was most likely manufactured by the Nolen dial firm. Predominately featured as a decoration is an American shield which is depicted in the arch or lunette. Patriotic dials are very popular today. The four spandrel areas are also paint decorated. A variation of a spoked wheel is depicted in each of the four spandrel areas. These are surrounded by raised gesso decorations that are also highlighted in gilt paint and also across hatch decorative field. The time ring if formatted with Roman style hour numerals. Smaller Arabic numerals are used to indicate each of the five minute markers. A subsidiary seconds dial and the calendar date dial are located in their traditional locations. The Maker’s name is signed in a script format above the hour numeral “VI”. The city or working location of “CONCORD” is signed in a block format.

The movement is constructed in brass and is weight driven. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and strike each hour on a cast iron bell that is mounted on a post and is positioned above the brass frames. The brass frames are rectangular shaped and features a bell topped shaped cut out in order to conserve the amount of brass used in the construction process. The striking system features a rack and snail set up. This movement is good quality.

This clocks stands approximately 7 feet 7 inches tall to the top of the center brass finial and was made circa 1809.

Able Hutchins worked with his older brother Levi in partnership from 1783 through 1803. Both boys were born in Harvard, Massachusetts. Levi was born on August 17, 1761 and Abel was born two years later in March. Both men lived long into their nineties! On December 6, 1777, the brothers entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard of Grafton, Massachusetts. At this time Levi was sixteen and Abel was fourteen years old. After serving their indenture to Simon, both boys moved to Concord, New Hampshire some time before 1784. Here they began what must have been a very productive business making clocks. In 1803, Abel bought out his brothers interests in the partnership and continued making clocks in the same location. This clock must have been made after this 1807 date.

About Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire.

Abel Hutchins worked with his older brother Levi in partnership from 1786 through 1803. Both boys were born in Harvard, Massachusetts the sons of Colonel Gordon Hutchins. Levi was born on August 17, 1761 and Abel was born two years later in March. Both men lived into their nineties. On December 6, 1777, the brothers entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard of Grafton, Massachusetts. At this time Levi was sixteen and Abel was fourteen years old. In 1780, Levi moved to Abington, CT for a period of approximately eight months to learn some watchmaking skills. He then moved to Concord, New Hampshire and opened a shop on Main Street. He was the first clockmaker to manufacture brass clocks in New Hampshire. Abel worked for a short time in Roxbury after his commitment to Simon was over. Abel is listed in the Roxbury tax assessor’s records in 1784. He was also appointed a fireward with Aaron Willard and Elijah Ward. It is in Roxbury that he married Elizabeth Partridge in January of 1786. Two of her sisters also married clockmakers Aaron Willard and Elnathan Taber. Shortly after their marriage, it appears that Abel moved to Concord, NH and formed a partnership with his bother sometime in 1786. Here they began what must have been a very productive business of making clocks. In 1803, Abel bought out his brothers interests in the partnership and continued making clocks in the same location. The shop was destroyed by fire on November 25th, 1817. Abel built the Phoenix Hotel on the same site. It opened for business on January 1st, 1819. He prospered as a innkeeper until he retired in 1832.

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