Oliver Gerrish of Portland, Maine.

Oliver Gerrish watchmaker, clockmaker, silversmith and jeweler was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on January 4th 1796. He was the son of Timothy Gerrish (1756-1815) a gold and silversmith and Dorothy Paterson (1756-1845). In 1810, at the age of fourteen, he went with and apprenticed to watchmaker John Gaines. Gaines was a descendant of the Gaines family of chairmakers. Oliver served his seven year apprenticeship and in 1817 went on to work as a journeyman in Boston. Her he first worked for Williams and Johnson. Their shop was located at the corner of Washington and Court streets. With in nine months, Oliver moved on and worked with Baldwin and Jones. By 1819 he moved to Portland, Maine and opened a jewelers shop on Exchange Street. On Jan 6th, 1825, he married Sarah Little in Portland Maine From 1858-77, he worked in partnership with his nephew, Nathaniel Pearson. Oliver Gerrish was an active member of the Portland community. He served as the President of the Portland Savings Bank and the Mechanics Association and Aged Brotherhood. He was a member of the Board of Trade, The National Historical Society and the Portland Athenaeum. He was a prominent Mason and held just abut every imaginable post in that organization. He was also Secretary and Treasurer of the Relief Fire Society.â⒬¨ Oliver died on Dec 3rd, 1888.

Oliver Gerrish of Portland, Maine circa 1826. A superb Federal period wall time piece or banjo clock.

Banjo clocks, as they are commonly called today, come in a variety of grades. This example, has to be considered a… read more