Richardson Miner of Stratford and New Haven, Connecticut.

Richardson Minor was born in 1736 and died in 1797 at he age of 61. He was the son of Reverend Richardson and Elizabeth Munson Minor. It is not currently known who trained him as a clockmaker. We can assume that he was born with a great deal of mechanical ability because he is listed as a clockmaker, goldsmith and silversmith. He also served in the Second Connecticut Regiment under Colonel Nathan Whiting during the 1760 campaign of the French and Indian Wars. This regiment was stationed at the Fort No. 4 along the banks of the Connecticut River which is now located in Charlestown. During the 1760’s, this Fort was the furthermost British settlement along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. This outpost and was continually under pressure from Indian attacks. Minor served this regiment as an armorer. It was his job to keep the muskets and the the weapons of the regiment in good repair. It is thought that he moved from Startford to New Haven sometime around 1760 and was married in 1764. He may have moved back to Stratford at some point. Clocks are known signed in both locations.

Four tall clock examples are currently know to us. Three, including this example is signed as being made in Stratford. The second signed Stratford example is pictured in Dean Fales book, The furniture of Historic Deerfield on page 259. The third signed Stratford example is pictured in Penrose R. Hoopes book, Connecticut Clockmakers of the Eighth Century, reprint, New York, 1974, and is pictured in figures 12 and 36. A fourth clock is signed by Minor but differs in that the location is signed as being New Haven. All four clocks are signed in the same hand. This suggests that he did his own engraving.

Richardson Miner of Stratford, Connecticut. A cherry case tall clock by a rare Connecticut maker.

A fine cherry case tall clock with composite brass dial signed Richardson Miner, Stratford, (CT). This cherry case exhibits very narrow… read more