John Boyd of Black Horse Farm in Sadsburyville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

This clock was made by John Boyd clockmaker and watchmaker of Black Horse Farm in Sadsburyville, Chester County, Pennsylvania circa 1830.

This mahogany cased tall clock is constructed with wonderfully figured mahogany veneers. The selected for the construction of the case is well thought out and positioned in a manner the accentuates the form. This example stands on four nicely turned feet which are applied to the bottom of the base. They appear to be original to this clock. The base features an inlaid panel that is framed by a wide cross banded pattern. The corners are chamfered and feature delicate lambÕs tongue moldings. The waist section is fitted with a door. This also features a cross banded mahogany border and excellent wood. The corners are canted and terminate at the length of the waist door in simple lambÕs tongue moldings. The bonnet is a swans neck form ending in turned rosettes. Three wooden turned finials surmount this case. Fully turned and spiral twisted bonnet columns flank the arched glazed door. It opens to a large colorfully painted iron dial that is signed by the Clockmaker.

Numerous dials that are very similar to this one have been found with the Artist’s labels applied to the back. This dial was most likely painted by the Patton & Jones firm located in Philadelphia. This dial incorporates a moon phase design that tracks the lunar calendar. This calendar is constant at 29.5 days. This dial also displays hours, minutes, seconds and day of the month calendar. The four spandrel areas are decorated with floral themes. The movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run for an eight day duration. It is also designed to strike the hour on a bell. It is of good quality.

This clock was made circa 1830 and stands approximately 7 feet 10 inches tall. It is inventory number 211024.

About John Boyd of Sadsburyville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

John Boyd was born in 1805. It appears he inherited the duties of running the family farm and Tavern in 1827 when his father, Machael Wallace Boyd, died on November 8th. There he established his clockshop. In 1857 he married Sarah Armstrong from the village of Compass which was located nearby. A large land owner, the 1830 tax records record that he own 90 acres at that time. He died on April 26, 1867. He left his property to his wife and children.


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