Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Wall timepiece or banjo clock.  -SOLD-

This is a fine Federal Massachusetts wall Timepiece or “Banjo clock.” It was made by Elnathan Taber of Roxbury Massachusetts circa 1825. This example is signed by the Maker on the dial.

This case is constructed in mahogany and incorporates half round mahogany frames that are fitted with reverse painted glass panels. These are original to this clock and are in excellent condition. A turned mahogany acorn finial is mounted to a finial plinth located at the top of the case. The sides of this case were never fitted with brass sidearms. The bezel is brass and is fitted with glass. It opens to allow one access to the finely crafted steel hands and the painted iron dial. This dial is signed by the Clockmaker, “E. Taber / Roxbury.” The signature is in excellent condition. The time track displays the hours in Roman style numerals. The time only weight driven movement is brass construction and of good quality. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It features long plates that are supported by the sides of the case. The movement is also secured with through bolts which remain with this clock. The pendulum rod is fitted with a brass faced bob.

This clock measures approximately 33 inches long overall and was made between 1823 and 1826. This clock is inventory number TT-119.

About Elnathan Taber Roxbury, Massachusetts

Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768 and may have died there in 1854 at the age of 86. It appears that his grave was moved from Dartmouth to Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain on October 29th, 1870. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Swift) Taber. Elnathan is the older brother of Stephen Taber who’s fortune help found Taber Academy in Marion, MA. Both brothers traveled to Roxbury and were trained as clockmakers by the Willards. Elnathan was just 16. After serving his apprenticeship, Elnathan stayed and worked in Roxbury. His shop was located on Union Street. Union Street was renamed Taber Street in April of 1868 in his memory. Elnathan maintained a close working relationship with his mentor Simon became one of Simon Willard’s most famous apprentices. He was authorized by Simon to make is patent timepieces during the patent period. He was also a prolific repairman. His name can be found engraved on numerous Boston area made clocks as a service record. Elnathan married Catherine Partridge in January of 1797. They had four children between the years of 1797 and 1811. Catherine had three sisters who also married clockmakers. Her sister Elizabeth married Abel Hutchins and Mary (Polly) married Aaron Willard. A third sister married Samuel Curtis. Over the years, we have owned and sold numerous tall case clocks made by this fine clockmaker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and coffin clocks as well as several of the Massachusetts shelf clock forms.


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