Riley Whiting of Winchester, Connecticut. Pillar & Scroll shelf clock. -SOLD-
This Pillar & Scroll shelf clock is an excellent example of the form. It was made by Riley Whiting of Winchester, Connecticut and retains his original pasted label.
The case is constructed in mahogany and all of the components consisting of the feet, scroll work, horns, wooden painted dial and brass finials are all original to this example. This clock is fitted with the traditional thirty hour time and strike wooden geared movement. It is weight driven and in excellent working order. The Clockmaker's label is easy to read and is located inside the case. The wooden dial is nicely decorated with raised gesso patterns in each of the four spandrel areas. These are highlighted in gilt paint. A gilt paint detail is also used to decorate the area around the center hole. The lower tablet is in excellent original condition. The colors are vibrant and the subject matter is pleasing. This example does not feature the more common pastoral views that most Connecticut shelf clocks of this period exhibit. This scene is of a seated woman playing music on a floor standing harp. It is quite nice.
This clock was made circa 1825 and stands approximately 31.5 inches tall.
About Riley Whiting of Winsted, Connecticut.
Riley Whiting was born in Torrington, Conn., on January 16, 1785 the son of Christopher and Mary (Wilcox) Whiting. In 1806, he married Urania Hoadley and served his apprenticeship with the Hoadleys in Plymouth, Connecticut making wooden geared clocks. In 1807, Riley, Samuel Whiting and Luther Hoadley formed a partnership and began building short and long pendulum clocks in Winchester. Luther Hoadley died in 1813 and about the same time, Samuel entered the U. S. Army. This left Riley in business all by himself. He continued as sole proprietor and in 1819 moved to the town of Winsted until he died there in 1835. It is thought that he began to manufacture shelf clock movements about 1828. During this later period, Riley is thought to have perfected the eight-day wooden geared movement. After his death, his widow and 15 year old son Riley Jr., continued a limited operation until 1841 when they sold out to William L. Gilbert.
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