Jacob Sargeant of Springfield, Massachusetts. Tall clock. -SOLD-

This is a very nice tall case clock made by Jacob Sargeant of Springfield, Massachusetts.

This is a nice country cased example constructed in cherry and featuring good proportions. The case stands on wonderfully formed ogee bracket feet . They exhibit good height and an interesting variation of the form. They are applied to a double step molding. Fluted quarter columns are inset into the waist section. They terminate in brass quarter capitals and center the nicely shaped waist door. The bonnet columns are also fluted and terminate in brass capitals. An interesting fretwork pattern, three fluted finial plinths and three brass ball and spiked finials surmount the top of the bonnet. The bonnet door is arched in form and opens to the painted dial which is signed by the Maker. The arch of the dial features a moon phase mechanism that tracts the lunar calendar. The movement is brass eight-day duration and of good quality.

This clock was made circa 1800. The height of this example to the top of the center finial is 7 feet 10 inches tall. It is inventory number 26198.

About Jacob (Sargent) Sargeant of Mansfield, Connecticut, Springfield, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut.

Jacob (Sargent) Sargeant, clock maker, watch maker, jeweler, and silver and goldsmith. Jacob born in Mansfield, Connecticut on February 28, 1761. He was the son of Samuel and Hannah (Baldwin) Sargeant. We speculate that he may have been trained as a clockmaker by Peregrine White of Woodstock, Connecticut due the similarities of movement construction found in examples by both clockmakers. Jacob was also trained as a gold and silversmith. It is recorded that he trained Nathan Storrs in 1781. Jacob worked in Mansfield in 1784 through 1789 as a goldsmith and silversmith in Mansfield. He advertised in theThe Connecticut Gazette and the Universal Intelligencer (Mansfield Center CT), on 11 January 1784, “. . . shop in Mansfield makes clocks and watches, gold and silversmith work,” In 1785, Jacob married Olive Paine of Canterbury, Connecticut on January 30th in Mansfield Center, CT. In 1790 he trained his brother Thomas Sargeant (1773-1834). In 1790, he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts and he advertised in the Hampshire Chronicle (Springfield MA), 1790, as a gold- and silversmith. Here continued to make clocks and sell jewelry. Here he employed his younger brother Thomas as an apprentice. He also trained Shubael Storrs in 1790 and Charles Brewer in 1791. In October 1795, he advertised in the “Courant,” a Hartford newspaper, that he had moved or “Established his business at the sign of the Golden Watch a few rods South of the State House in Hartford.“ By 1800, Sargeant had a retail business which was one of the largest in Hartford; he sold his own silver, the silver of other makers, guns, and clocks. While in Hartford, he trained Joseph Church in 1816 and Walter ward Hart in 1820. He remained in Hartford until his death in 1843. Jacob Sargeant’s shop sign is now in the Connecticut Historical Society collection.

We have seen and owned a fair number of tall clocks made by Jacob Sargeant. The earliest examples have engraved brass dials that are treated with a silver wash. On such example, which is signed Hartford, features a musical movement. It is three train and plays one of six tunes on the hour. The four spandrel areas are decorated with depiction’s of the four seasons. This dial is thought to have been engraved by Richard Brunton a well known maker of dials, bookplates and among other talents a counterfeiter of currency. The case is cherry and is attributed to Aaron Chapin of East Windsor. This case exhibits the Hartford / Norwich form. A second example also features an engraved dial. That dial is silver and features a rocking ship in the arch. The four spandrel areas are skillfully engraved depiction’s of the four seasons. This case is also cherry. It features an applied swan’s neck pediment which is pierced. (Chapin Case?) The majority of the other examples found have been painted dial clocks.


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