William Cummens of Roxbury, Massachusetts. A wall timepiece or banjo clock. -SOLD-
This outstanding example is in wonderful original condition. The case is constructed in mahogany and appears to retain it's original finish. The half rounded mahogany frames are fitted with glass panels or tablets. These are paint decorated from the back and are in outstanding original condition. The colors are vibrant. This clock must have spent the majority of it's life in a dark room. The throat panel features a geometric theme. This is supported by an American shield and that is held in place by an American eagle. Please also note the use of our Nation's colors, red white and blue. The boarder treatment is repeated in the lower tablet. This frames an interesting scene. A large home dominates the setting. This home, having two chimneys and a large porch is set back of the street. A broad walk, bordered by flowers on the left leads to the front door. To the right in the foreground, three people gather under a large tree. 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 hand filed steel hour and minute hands. The time ring is marked out in Roman numerals. This dial is signed in script by the Maker, “Warranted by Wm. Cummens”. This signature is in excellent original condition and can be clearly viewed from across the room. Behind the dial, is a brass weight driven movement. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind. Please note the "T-Bridge" suspension and the thru-bolt mounting system. The weight is cast in lead and original to the clock. The pendulum features a brass faced bob. A turned wooden finial in the form of an acorn surmounts the case. This finial retains it's original gilding.
This clock measures 33 inches long and was made circa 1825.
For more information regarding William Cummens and wall timepieces, please read Paul J. Foley's book, "Willard's Patent Time Pieces."
About William Cummens of Roxbury, Massachusetts.
William Cummens was born 1768 and died on April 20, 1834 at the age of 66. He worked in Roxbury as a clockmaker as early as 1789 through 1834. He was trained by Simon Willard and along with Elnathan Taber, Cummens stayed in Roxbury and made many clocks for his own clients while maintaining a close working relationship with the Willard family. In this Roxbury location, Cummens had direct access to the same suppliers, such case makers and dial painters that the Willards used. As a result, his clocks are very similar in form. He was one of the first persons authorized by Simon Willard to manufacture the new patent timepiece. Over the past 45 plus years in business, we have owned and sold many tall case clocks, Massachusetts shelf clocks and wall timepieces signed by this important clockmaker. Very few tall case examples are found with his original set up label.
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