Elnathan Taber Roxbury, Massachusetts

Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768 and may have died there in 1854 at the age of 86. It appears that his grave was moved from Dartmouth to Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain on October 29th, 1870. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Swift) Taber. Elnathan is the older brother of Stephen Taber who’s fortune help found Taber Academy in Marion, MA. Both brothers traveled to Roxbury and were trained as clockmakers by the Willards. Elnathan was just 16. After serving his apprenticeship, Elnathan stayed and worked in Roxbury. His shop was located on Union Street. Union Street was renamed Taber Street in April of 1868 in his memory. Elnathan maintained a close working relationship with his mentor Simon became one of Simon Willard’s most famous apprentices. He was authorized by Simon to make is patent timepieces during the patent period. He was also a prolific repairman. His name can be found engraved on numerous Boston area made clocks as a service record. Elnathan married Catherine Partridge in January of 1797. They had four children between the years of 1797 and 1811. Catherine had three sisters who also married clockmakers. Her sister Elizabeth married Abel Hutchins and Mary (Polly) married Aaron Willard. A third sister married Samuel Curtis. Over the years, we have owned and sold numerous tall case clocks made by this fine clockmaker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and coffin clocks as well as several of the Massachusetts shelf clock forms.

Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. A labeled case tall clock. -SOLD-

This is a labeled example. The Clockmaker’s paper set up label can be found pasted to the inside of the waist… read more

Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Wall timepiece or banjo clock.  -SOLD-

This is a fine Federal Massachusetts wall Timepiece or “Banjo clock.” It was made by Elnathan Taber of Roxbury Massachusetts circa… read more

Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. / Stephen Badlam cabinetmaker. / John Minot numbered 89 signed dial.

Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768. He is the older brother of Stephen Taber. Both brothers… read more

Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. A fine tall case clock.

This is a classic New England tall clock. This inlaid mahogany case exhibits very good proportions and measures approximately 8 feet… read more

Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Tall case clock.  -SOLD-

This is a classic New England example. It exhibits the best of the Boston school proportions. The case is very narrow… read more

Elnathan Taber tall clock. Roxbury, Massachusetts. Retaining it's original set up label.

This is a classic New England example. This case exhibits the best of the Boston school proportions and measures approximately 7… read more

Elnathan Taber, Roxbury, Massachusetts. This cross banded mahogany case tall clock featuring a rocking ship automated dial.

This impressive mahogany and cross banded case exhibits excellent proportions and is constructed in the finest mahogany veneers. The case measures… read more

Rare Elnathan Taber Mahogany Coffin clock. Time and alarm wall clock made in May of 1817.

A unusual and interesting variant of Simon Willard’s Patent Wall Timepiece, this may be one of the most difficult variations to… read more