Levi & Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire. Featuring a boldly formatted tiger maple case constructed to a diminutive scale. 220103.

This diminutive tiger maple case tall clock was made circa 1795 by New Hampshire’s premier clockmakers, the brothers Levi and Abel Hutchins of Concord. An outstanding country form.

This lively example is formatted in the traditional woods and proportions that one would expected from the Concord, New Hampshire region. This case is constructed in maple and features wooden panels that exhibit strong tiger maple striping. This vibrant pattern of graining is striking. The honey color of the wood enhances the pattern exhibited in the wood. The case stands on applied bracket feet. They are applied to the bottom of the case as part of the base molding. The base section is somewhat compressed. The molding that transitions the base to the waist section features an unusual decorative detail. The first molding shape is a double bead as compared to the more common quarter round termination. The waist section is long and is fitted with a large tomb-stone shaped waist door. This door is trimmed with a simple molded edge. Through this door one can gain access to the two tin can drive weights and the brass faced pendulum bob. The bonnet can be easily described as a swans neck form. This example is better shaped than most. The moldings are not as heavily formed and the arches have more vertical height than the vast majority of the typical Concord case styles. The rosettes are finely carved. Three wooden finial plinths each support a brass ball and spike finial. The bonnet columns are turned smooth and mounted into brass capitals. The bonnet door is an arched form and is fitted with glass. The sides of the hood are fitted with large tomb-stone shaped windows. These are fitted with glass. Looking through these openings, one can see the brass gearing of the mechanism. The back of the hood is framed with vertical boards. Smoothly turned quarter columns are attached to the hood in this location.

The iron dial is nicely paint decorated. Colorful florals are depicted in each of the four spandrel areas and also in the lunette. These are surrounded by raised gesso decorations that are highlighted in gilt paint. The time ring is formatted with large Roman style hour numerals. Smaller Arabic numerals are used to indicate each of the five minute markers. The minute ring is dotted. A subsidiary seconds dial and calendar display are located in its traditional locations displayed inside the time ring. The Maker’s name is signed in a block format above the hour numeral “VI”. It reads, “L. & A. Hutchins / Concord.” The steel hands are well formed and are a traditional design.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved. The escapement is designed as a recoil format. The movement is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a two train or a time and strike design having a rack and snail striking system. As a result, it will strike each hour on the hour. This is done on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement.

This very desirable example stands approximately 6 feet 11 inches tall. It is 20.75 inches wide and 11 inched deep measured at the upper hood molding.

Inventory 220103.

About Levi & Abel Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire.

Levi Hutchins was born in Harvard, Massachusetts on August 17, 1761. His brother Abel was born two years later in March. Both men lived into their nineties. Gordon Hutchins, their father, served in the Revolutionary War as a captain. He organized a Company from the Concord area that fought at Bunker Hill.  Levi was enlisted as the fifer.  His father fearing for Levi’s safety, forced him to stay on high ground in Medford.  Levi witnessed the burning of Charlestown wanted to see action himself, so he enlisted in Captain Lewis, Company and was taken into the mess. After the war, he was placed in school and later became a school teacher. On December 6th, 1777, the brothers both entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard of Grafton, Massachusetts. At this time Levi was sixteen and Abel was fourteen years old. They returned to Concord New Hampshire some time before 1784. Levi and Able Hutchins were in business together making clocks for some Twenty one years (1786-1807).


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