Baldwin & Storrs tall case clock of Northampton, Massachusetts. Dated 1793. -SOLD-

This important cherry case tall clock was made by the partnership of Baldwin and Storrs of Northampton, Massachusetts.

This fine narrowly proportioned case is constructed in cherry. It is somewhat unusual in that this selection of has almost a tiger effect in its shading. This example also retains an older finish. This case stands on four boldly formed or aggressively formed ogee bracket feet. These are applied to the base section. The waist section is long and narrow. It is fitted with a shaped door that is trimmed with a molded edge. Fluted quarter columns are inset into the front corners of the waist. These terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals. There are four smoothly turned and shaped bonnet columns positioned at the corners of the hood. These visually support the upper section of the bonnet. Above the arch is a modified pagoda form. This is decorated with a pierced and open fret work design that ties the three finial supports and the fluted key together. The wooden finials have been turned in the form of urns. They retain their original gilding. The bonnet door is an arched form and fitted with glass. It opens to access the engraved brass dial that retains an old silver wash.

During the late 1700’s, the Connecticut River Valley provided access to some of America’s most accomplished dial engravers. This brass dial exhibits fine workmanship which one has come to expect from the Thomas Harland School. This 12 inch dial is constructed from a sheet of brass. It gets its silver color from a wash that is applied after it has been engraved. The engravings are skillfully executed. The rococo scroll work theme is consistent in the four spandrel areas. This dial is signed and dated by the Maker. The date of “1793” can be found just below the decoration in the lower left spandrel. The Maker’s name and working location “Baldwin & Storrs / Northampton” is positioned in the center of the dial just below the half round calendar aperture. In the arch of the dial is a lunar calendar or a moon phase mechanism. Interestingly, the moon and the blue night sky is painted. The moon has a pleasing face. The time ring is laid out in a traditional format. The hours are indicated in Roman figures and the five minute markers are indicated in an Arabic form. The subsidiary seconds dial is counter sunk an positioned below the hour numeral XII.

The movement is constructed in brass and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It will also strike each hour on the hour on a bell mounted to the back plate. It is interesting to note the shape of the four pillars that support the plates. These are finely turned and reflect Thomas Harland’s influence on the construction of this mechanism. It is excellent quality.

This clock was made in 1793 and stands approximately 7 feet 10 inches tall.

About Baldwin & Storrs of Northampton, Massachusetts.

The partnership Baldwin & Storrs advertised on July 4, 1792 in the New Hampshire Gazette that they were now in business together in “the Shop latelt occupied by STILES& BALDWIN.” This shop was located in nearly opposite the Meeting house in Northampton. This partnership lasted until January of 1794 when Storrs advertised that it had dissolved and that he was to carry on the trade.

Please see their individual listings in the Libary of Clockmakers.

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