Wallace Goodwin. A North Attleboro, Massachusetts made Timepiece. Wall clock. 221167

This is a fine example of an usual wall timepiece made in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. This case design is somewhat unusual and is affectionally called the “Dumb bell model” due to its shape. This case is formatted with a large round head, a straight sided waist section and an octagon shaped lower box. It is constructed out of cherry. The graining on the forward facing moldings have been enhanced with India ink. The this original treatment is now somewhat subdued due to the natural darkening of the finish. This case is die-stamped by the case maker “DLW.” These initials can be found on the bottom board. DLW stands for David L Williams. Williams was a cabinetmaker in the region who constructed a number of case for several clockmakers in the region. Having the case stamped by him is a nice bonus for the clock collector. The upper bezel measures 14.25 inches in diameter. This is fitted with clear glass that protects the dial. This bezel is hinged and opens to access the dial which measures 12.75 inches in diameter. The dial sheet is zinc and a paper dial has been applied to it. Wallace seems to have preferred paper dials. Many of the clock that we have seen are in this format. This dial is formatted with an 11 inch diameter closed time track or minute ring. Inside this ring are the Roman style numerals that mark out each hour. The time is indicated with steel hands that are nicely shaped. This dial is signed in block lettering by the Maker. The signature reads, “W. GOODWIN, / NORTH ATTLEBORO, / MASS.” This paper dial is in good overall condition. There is a small tear located at about 10:15. The surface color is excellent. Behind the dial is a brass movement that is weight driven. This example retains its original cast iron weight. The works are designed to run eight-days on a full wind. This movement is designed with a recoil escapement, alternate train, and straight movement pillars. The plates that frame the movement are rectangular in form and still retains some of their original scrapping decoration. The rear plate is mounted to the pine backboard with two screws through the back plate. The movement also sits on a seat board which also serves double duty as a weight stop. The pendulum hangs from the front of the movement. The rod is cherry wood and supports a brass faced bob. The middle section of the case is fitted with glass. This and the painted decoration on the glass is in excellent original condition. The center of the tablet is left undecorated so that one can view the pendulum rod. Here, the rod is treated with a gilded finish that is in excellent original condition. The lower section of the case is an octagonal form. This measures 10.5 inches across. The decoration on this glass has been professionally repainted to match the throat section. The center of this tablet features a decoratively formed viewing window comprised of three connected circular openings. The undecorated area is left clear so that one can see the brass faced pendulum bob. The motion of this confirms that the clock is running.

This is a very attractive example and it was made circa 1860. This case measures approximately 33 inches long, 14.25 inches wide and 4 inches deep.


About Wallace Goodwin of Attleboro and North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Jeweler, trader and clockmaker.

Wallace Goodwin was born in Ashfield, MA on November 8, 1811 and died on March 1, 1861 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Wallace is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, North Attleboro, Bristol, MA. Wallace married twice. First to Asenath Angeline Medley in 1838 and then to Harriet Richards Blackington in 1852. In the census records is is listed as a jeweler from about 1830 through 1860. The 1860 census record records him as a clock manufacturer. In 1853 through 54, he worked in New York City working as a manger of Tifft, Whiting & Co’s sales office. This was located at 170 Broadway. Returning to North Attleboro, he is listed as a clockmaker. When he past in 1861, his estate inventory listed 288 banjo clocks. An example of a fine wall timepiece is currently in the collection of the Ladd Observatory at Brown University.

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