Oliver Brackett of Vassalboro, Maine.

Oliver Brackett was born in Limington, Maine on June 18, 1800. He was the son of Rueben and Jane (McArthur) Brackett and the younger brother of Reuben. Rueben was also a clockmaker. The Bracketts are members of a very important Maine family of American Clockmakers. They were trained in what has become the Rogers school. They were Quakers that lived in the Berwick area and built a fair number of clocks as a group. Paul Rogers, born in 1752 is thought to have trained his son Abner 1777 -1809), John Taber (1796-1859), Rueben and Oliver, and Humphrey Pike (1808-1864) all come from this school. Most of these men were Quakes or more correctly below the the Society of Friends. This is a Quaker Sect known for their independence and devotion to hard work. Oliver moved to the town of Vassalboro shortly before 1820 and is listed as a clockmaker. Vassalboro is located approximately 15 miles North Augusta on the Kennebec River. He and Rueben moved to Lynn, Massachusetts to work in the rubber works. In 1832, Oliver married Mary Chase Purinton of that town. Soon he moved to Transit, Ohio and died there on April 18, 1869.

Oliver is known to have made wall timepieces or banjo clocks and shelf clocks.

Oliver Brackett of Vassalboro, Maine. A dwarf clock measuring a mere 29 inches tall.

This fine example can be categorized as a dwarf shelf clock. The simply constructed case is cherry and retains its original… read more