Asa Sibley of Sutton, Massachusetts, Woodstock, Connecticut, Walpole, New Hampshire and Rochester, New York.

Asa Sibley, Clockmaker and Silversmith was born in Sutton, Massachusetts on March 29,1764 and died on Feb 29, 1829. His parents were Col. Timothy Sibley and Anne Waite. Together, they had 15 children. Asa is thought to have trained with his older brother Timothy Jr who was born in 1754. Timothy Jr., is thought to have trained in the art of clockmaking with the Willards in Grafton. Asa had a second brother that was also in the trade. His name was Stephen who was born in 1757. He worked for a time in Norwich, CT and in 1782 moved to Great Barrington, MA. Asa moved to Woodstock, CT around 1785 and associated himself with Peregrine White (1747-1834) who also worked as a silversmith and as a clockmaker in that town. He was active from 1774 to 1810. Asa married Irene Carpenter in 1787 (b. 31 Jul 1766 Woodstock, CT. Died 5 Oct 1846 in Rochester, NY). She was the daughter of the Norwich, Connecticut clockmaker Joseph Carpenter. Asa then returned to Sutton from Woodstock for several years. After 1797, he moved his family to Walpole, New Hampshire following the Windham clockmaker Gurdon Huntington. The two must have been well acquainted because Sibley administered Huntington’s will in 1804. Active in town politics, he served as a selectman and town moderator between 1802 and 1807. In 1808, they moved again to Rochester, New York where he died in 1829.

Currently, there are two clocks that can be publicly viewed. One is in the Sturbridge Village Collection. This clock is in an inlaid cherry case. The engraved brass dial is signed with the place location of Walpole, NH. A second cherry cased example is in the Mount Holyoke College of Art collection. This clock is also signed with the place location of Walpole (NH).

Asa Sibley. Clockmaker and Silver Smith. Working in the towns of Woodstock, Connecticut, Sutton, Massachusetts and Walpole, New Hampshire. A pine case tall clock.

This engraved brass dial exhibits a high level of skill and fine workmanship. The style of the engravings differs from those… read more