Kelley & Shepherd New Bedford, Massachusetts. Wall timepiece. XXSL16

This fine case is constructed in mahogany. The half rounded frames are fitted with nicely figured mahogany veneered panels. The grain exhibits long sweeping lines. The side arms and bezel are cast in brass. The bezel is fitted with glass and is hinged on the right. It opens to access the painted iron dial and the finely hand filed steel hour and minute hands. The time ring is marked out in Roman style hour numerals. This dial is signed in script by the Maker, “Kelley & Shepherd / New Bedford” in script format. Behind it, is a brass weight driven movement. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The teeth in the gear train are deeply cut. The pendulum features a brass faced bob. A brass eagle is perched above a ball finial. This surmounts the case. This clock measures approximately 33 inches long and was made circa 1830.

For a more detailed discussion regarding wall timepieces, please read, Paul Foley’s book, Willard’s Patent Timepieces.

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About Kelley & Shepherd of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Ezra Kelly & Nathaniel Shepherd both worked in both Dartmouth and New Bedford, Massachusetts. They worked together in 1820 through 1823 and then again together in 1833 through 1835.

Ezra Kelley worked in New Bedford, Dartmouth and Provincetown, Massachusetts and Venezuela, South America. He is listed as a clockmaker, watchmaker and goldsmith.

Ezra Kelley was born a Quaker in Dennis, Massachusetts on September 26th, 1798, and died a Methodist in New Bedford on December 14, 1895. He was expelled from the Society of Friends when he married his wife Nancy Simmons of Hingham in 1823. She was a Methodist. It appears he apprenticed to both his cousin Allen Kelley of South Yarmouth and to John Bailey Jr of Hanover, Massachusetts. Ezra and fellow Bailey apprentice Nathaniel Shepherd were business partners and worked together in 1820 through 1823 and then again together in 1833 through 1835. In 1830, Kelley moved to Venezuela for a few years and set up a shop there until here returned in 1833. In 1839 through 1841, he was in business with Stephen Howland as Kelley & Howland, dry goods merchants. In 1850, he worked with his son George, a watchmaker as E. Kelley & Son. Soon after, he set a business to refine whale oil for watches, clocks and light machinery in New Bedford. This became a successful enterprise. Tall clocks, shelf clocks and timepieces are known. He is listed as a clockmaker, watchmaker and goldsmith.

Nathaniel Shepherd clockmaker, watchmaker and goldsmith working in Dartmouth, Westport and New Bedford, Massachusetts was born in Dartmouth on February 21, 1795 and died in New Bedford on October 28, 1882. Trained under John Bailey II in Hanover, Massachusetts. Is projected to have started working on his own in 1816. Formed a partnership with Ezra Kelley. They worked together in 1820 through 1823 and then again together in 1833 through 1835.

Several tall clocks are known. One signed example is known with the place location listed as Westport. A similar Shepherd clock can be found in the Yale University Art Gallery collection, inventory no. 1964.54.2

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