Riley Whiting of Winchester, Connecticut. -SOLD-

This is a wonderful transitional shelf clock with pasted label by Riley Whiting of Winchester, Connecticut.

This is a very colorful example which happens to be in outstanding original condition. This clock has the traditionally formatted thirty hour time and strike wooden geared movement. The original Clockmaker’s label is pasted inside the case on the backboard. It lists the Maker and his working location. It is in very good original condition. The wooden dial is decorated in the four spandrel areas with raised gesso scroll work that is highlighted in gilt paint. Wonderfully turned and stenciled columns flank the sides of the case. The detail of which is very strong. The upper splat is also wonderfully stenciled. This clock stands on it’s original carved paw feet. The lower section of the door is fitted with a decorative painted tablet. This tablet is original to this clock and is in excellent original condition retaining vibrant coloring. The scene depicts an attractive woman relaxing on an apolstered lounge chair. This mahogany case retains an older finish.

It measures approximately 29.5 inches tall, 16.5 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It was made circa 1830.

About Riley Whiting of Winsted, Connecticut.

Riley Whiting was born in Torrington, Conn., on January 16, 1785 the son of Christopher and Mary (Wilcox) Whiting. In 1806, he married Urania Hoadley and served his apprenticeship with the Hoadleys in Plymouth, Connecticut making wooden geared clocks. In 1807, Riley, Samuel Whiting and Luther Hoadley formed a partnership and began building short and long pendulum clocks in Winchester. Luther Hoadley died in 1813 and about the same time, Samuel entered the U. S. Army. This left Riley in business all by himself. He continued as sole proprietor and in 1819 moved to the town of Winsted until he died there in 1835. It is thought that he began to manufacture shelf clock movements about 1828. During this later period, Riley is thought to have perfected the eight-day wooden geared movement. After his death, his widow and 15 year old son Riley Jr., continued a limited operation until 1841 when they sold out to William L. Gilbert.


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