Joseph N. Dunning of Burlington, Vermont. Wall Timepiece.  -SOLD-

This is a very interesting wall timepiece. It was made by Joseph N. Dunning of Burlington, Vermont. This example is signed in a script format on the large painted iron dial.

This case is constructed in New England white pine and has been veneered in figured mahogany. The decorative panels are wonderfully figured and are constructed in three dimensional forms. The case visually sits on a nicely shaped plinth or bracket that is secured to the lower box. The front of this box is fitted with a door. It features a concave shaped front panel that is hinged and opens to access the brass cover pendulum bob. The throat sections slightly tapers towards the head of the case. The front of this section is fitted with a removable panel and features a raised center line that flares out to the edges in an “S” curved format. This panel provides one access to the weight. The wooden bezel is fitted with glass. It is hinged and opens to a painted iron dial. This dial features Roman style hour numerals and a closed time ring. This dial measures approximately 10.5 inches in diameter. Behind it, is a brass movement that is weight driven. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind.

This clock measures approximately 35 inches long. and was made circa 1825.

Inventory number 214092

About Joseph N. Dunning of Concord, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

Joseph N. Dunning was born in Brunswick, Maine on January 2nd, 1795 and died in Burlington, Vermont on December 14th, 1841. He was first a journeyman working for Lemuel Curtis in Concord before they formed an informal partnership before 1820. In 1821, they formally advertised their partnership and both men moved to Burlington, Vermont. It is during this period, Burlington was experiencing an economic boom. There, they became two of Vermont’s most prolific manufactures of wall timepieces. In 1832, the partnership dissolved and Dunning continued to work on his own. He died bankrupt at the age of 46. For a further discussion on Vermont made time pieces and the clockmaker Joseph Dunning, please read Paul Foley’s book, “Willard’s Patent Timepieces.”


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