R. B. Field & Co. Brockville, Canada. Og clock

This is a very clean example of a mahogany case og clock having the pasted label of “R. B. Field & Co. Brockville, Canada.” This example must have been made sometime around 1836.

This is a very good example of this form. The case is veneered with mahogany. The veneer has very little if any losses. The wood retains a older finish that is stable and consistent. The front of the case features a large door. The upper section is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the painted wooden dial. The dial features a Roman numeral time track and is not decorated with colorful details. The movement is constructed in wood. It is powered with two cast iron weights and is designed to run 30 hours on a full wind and to strike the hour on a wire gong that is mounted to the backboard of the clock. The lower section of the door is fitted with a mirror that is original to the clock. It does have some losses and a chip that has been removed. (See photo, right side.) Open the door and one can access the pendulum and cast iron weights. The Maker’s label is pasted on to the backboard inside the case. It is in good original condition. This clock measures approximately 26 inches tall, 15.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1836.

About R. B. Field & Co. of Brockville, Canada.

The firm of R. B. Field & Co. Brockville, Canada is listed in, “Early Canadian Timekeepers” written by Jane Varkaris and James e. Connell. Rodney Burt Field was born in February 25, 1809 and died March 18, 1884. According to the authors, this firm did not sell a large number of clocks which is based on the number of which survive today. The authors speculate that Field was in the retail business of selling clocks in Canada on two separate occasions. Otherwise he worked for various enterprises in the United States.


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