Joshua Seward of Boston, Massachusetts. Lyre clock or Timepiece.

This is a fine mahogany lyre from wall clock or timepiece. The case is surmounted by a turned wooden mahogany finial. The bezel is is also constructed of wood and is fitted with glass. Open this and one gains access to the painted iron dial. The Maker’s name can be seen signed above the numeral hour numeral VI. The signature and dial are in excellent original condition. The throat frame is a half round design which is richly embellished with carvings in the form of stylized leaves. The reverse painted tablet, to which it frames, is very good original condition and the artwork is executed in excellent colors. The lower box also features half round frames that are fitted with artwork painted on the back of glass. Both tablets are skillfully painted. This lower door opens from the left and allows on access to the brass faced pendulum bob. The movement is constructed in brass. It is weight driven retaining it’s original cast iron weight. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is good quality.

The overhaul height of this clock is approximately 41 inches long. This clock was made circa 1830.

About Joshua Seward of Boston, Massachusetts.

Joshua Seward was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 5, 1809 and died in Woburn, Massachusetts on July 21, 1885. Current research suggests that he was most likely an apprentice of John Sawin. Sawin was a prolific Boston clockmaker. In 1832, Seward formed a partnership with Alva Skinner under the firm name Skinner & Seward. In May of 1833, Seward advertised working alone. He was then located at 63 Congress Street. By 1836, it appears he gave up clockmaking to operate the livery stable at the Boylston Estate on School Street in Boston. In 1840 through 1842, he lived in Charlestown.

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