Asahel Cheney of Hartford, Connecticut, Northfield, Massachusetts, Putney and Royalton, Vermont.

Asahel Cheney was born about 1767 in East Hartford, Connecticut and died in Royalton Vermont on October 31, 1819. He was the oldest son of the Hartford clockmaker Benjamin Cheney and Deborah Olcott. Many examples of Benjamin’s work have been recorded. A large number of which have movement constructed of heavy wooden gearing. Asahel and his two brothers Martin and Russell were most likely trained by their father. By 1790, Asahel had moved to Northfield, Massachusetts and was a property owner there. He lived in what is now known as the Joseph Byrt house. Here he continued to manufacture mostly tall case clocks. We have owned several signed Northfield examples over the years featuring both wooden and brass constructed movements. I fine example signed “Northfield” can be found in the Mabel Brady Garvin Collection at Yale University.

By the mid 1790’s, Asahel moved to Windham County Vermont to the town of Putney. A shelf clock which is now in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum is signed on the engraved brass kidney shaped dial, “Asahel Cheney / Putney.” It is from this clock that we speculate that Asahel trained his brother Martin in the clockmaking trade. On the seat board of this clock it is inscribed, “This clock was made by Martin Cheney.”

Soon after 1800, the brothers parted company. In 1806, Asahel moves to Royalton, VT and purchases a store with a Mr Fessenden. He sells out his share and moves to Rochester only to return to Royalton. In November of 1809, his name is listed in a land transaction in the town of Royalton, Vermont. He purchased a shop and some land located near the Hotel from David Waller. In Royalton, he is reported to have had the clockmaker Jacob Kimball working with him.In 1818, he purchases the Gilbert Tavern. He died suddenly of apoplexy. He had a Masonic Funeral.

Asahel Cheney of Hartford, Connecticut, Northfield, Massachusetts Putney, Windsor and Royalton, Vermont. This is a Northfield, Massachusetts example. The case is attributed to the Northampton cabinet-maker Julius Barnard.

This fine cherry case tall clock is well proportioned. The finish is currently quite light making this example stand out in… read more

Asahel Cheney of Hartford, Connecticut, Northfield, Massachusetts Putney, Windsor and Royalton, Vermont. A cherry case tall clock.  -SOLD-

This is a signed Putney, Vermont Example. This fine cherry case tall clock is well proportioned. It stands on nicely formed… read more