Daniel Burnap of East Windsor, Connecticut. A cherry case tall clock. RR33

This important cherry case tall clock was made by Daniel Burnap of East Windsor, Connecticut.

This fine cherry case retains an older finish. It stands on four nicely formed ogee bracket feet. The waist section is proportionally long. It is fitted with a shaped door that is trimmed with a molded edge. Fluted quarter columns that terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals are inset into the front corners of the case. There are four bonnet columns which visually support the arch of the bonnet. The two located at the back are smoothly turned. The front two columns share that same design as the quarter capitals in the waist except that they are free standing and whole. Above the arch is a solid fret and three fluted finial plinths that support the three finials. These finials are wood and have been turned in the form of urns. The bonnet door is an arched form and fitted with glass. It opens to access the engraved brass dial that retains an old silver wash.

Burnap’s dials are of unusually fine workmanship. He was also skillful engraver. This a fine representation of his work. The time ring is formatted with Roman numeral hour markers and Arabic style five minute markers. A subsidiary seconds dial is inset and positioned below the hour numeral twelve. The date of the month aperture is of the traditional form. This is positioned above the hour numeral six. This dial is signed by the Maker in the arch. It reads, “Daniel Burnap / East Windsor.”

The movement is brass and designed to run eight-day on a full wind. This clock strikes the hour on a cast iron bell. It is excellent quality.

This clock was made circa 1785 and stands approximately 7 feet 5 inches tall. It is inventory number RR-33.

About Daniel Burnap of East Windsor, Connecticut.

Daniel Burnap was the son of Captain Abraham and Susan (Wright) Burnap. He was born in Coventry, Connecticut on November 1, 1759. In 1774, he is listed as an apprentice of Thomas Harland’s. Harland was a very talented English born clockmaker who settled in Norwich in 1773. It is thought that here, he learned not only the skill of clockmaking but also engraving, silversmithing, watch repairing and other related skills. As a journeyman, Burnap settled in the town of East Windsor sometime before 1779. By 1805, he built the homestead which he continued to occupy during the remainder of his life. It is in this town that he was most active making clocks and training apprentices of his own. This includes one of Connecticut’s most famous clockmakers, Eli Terry. Other apprentices that are thought to have trained under Burnap include Daniel Kellogg, Harvey Sadd, Abel Bliss, Lewis Curtis, Nathaniel Olmsted, Levi Pitkin, Flavel Bingham, Ela Burnap and Thomas Lyman. Daniel was an active and respected citizen. He was for many years a Justice of the Peace and held court in a spacious room on the first floor of this house. In his latter years, probably before 1815, he gave up his shop and fitted up a room in the attic of the house where he could keep busy at the less arduous kinds of work such as engraving and repairing watches. He died in 1838 at the age of seventy-eight, a prosperous and respected citizen.


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