Samuel Foster of Andover, Massachusetts, Hollis, Concord and Pelham New Hampshire.

Currently, very little is known about Samuel Foster the clockmaker. It is thought that he work in Andover, Massachusetts in 1794-1796. He then moves to Amherst, New Hampshire in 1796 and advertises that he commences business at the shop of Deacon Barker. He stays in that town until about 1804. A tall clock signed by him working in Hollis features a movement that is constructed in a combination of wood and brass much like those clock works that were made by A. Gould of Hollis. In 1804, Foster then moves to Concord, NH. An advertisement there states that he has commenced business in the shop formerly occupied by Mr. John Robie. In 1819, he returns to Andover and remains there a very short time. In 1820 he is listed as working in Pelham, NH.

We have owned and seen a very small number of clock signed by Foster while working in Andover. It is interesting to note that we have owned several Ezra Batchelder signed tall clocks that share the same distinctive strike train work that is found in several Foster signed clocks. It is logical to assume they had some working connection.

Ezra Batchelder was born in Andover, Massachusetts on November 13th, 1769. He had a brother, Andrew born 1772, who is also listed as a Clockmaker and blacksmith. In fact, they are listed as working together in Danvers in sometime after 1801. It is thought that they were trained by their brother-in-law Nathan Adams. Ezra dies in in Danvers on October 10th, 1858. Ezra was also a farmer and is reported to be the first expressman in Danvers, carrying merchandise from and to Boston.

Paul Foley in his book, Willard’s Patent Time Pieces lists that Ezra’s account book is known. This book records 36 clocks being sold between 1803 and 1830. The prices for these clocks range from $35 to $65. It also suggests that being fine cabinetmakers, they may have made their own cases.

Over the last forty plus years of being in the business of selling clocks, we have seen at least 12 tall clocks signed by this Maker.

Samuel Foster of Andover, Massachusetts, Hollis, Concord and Pelham New Hampshire. A tall clock standing 6 feet 10 inches tall.

This is a fine cherry stained butternut case tall clock with painted dial signed “Samuel Foster / Andover.” This example is… read more