Lemuel French of Stoughton and Canton, Massachusetts.

Very little is currently known of Lemuel French. What is known is sourced from Paul J. Foley’s book, Willard’s Patent Time Pieces, A History of the Weight Driven Banjo Clock 1800-1900. Foley does not list a birth date for French. It is known that he died in Canton in 1809. French is identified in a number of lawsuits as a clockmaker in both towns. In 1797 he is listed as a Stoughton Clockmaker, in 1798 and 1805 he is listed as a Canton Clockmaker. To this date, the tall clock pictured on our web site is the first example of his work that we have personally seen.

Lemuel French of Stoughton and Canton, Massachusetts. Clockmaker and brass founder.

This fine cherry case tall clock is narrowly proportioned. The cherrywood selected for this case exhibits a good grain pattern and… read more