Moses Wing of Windsor, Connecticut. A fine cherry case tall case clock. FF115.

This is a rare cherry case tall clock with an engraved silvered brass dial made by Moses Wing of Windsor, Connecticut.

This example stands on an applied molding which rest flat to the floor. The waist is long and narrow and features a nicely shaped waist door. The bonnet form is referred to as a modified pagoda. This design element is original to the clock. This is a false pagoda in that it is not fully boxed. The front facade is not supported with sides or a back. The result is that it appears lighter than a full pagoda. The bonnet door is a tomb-stoned shape. This door is fitted with glass. Fully turned and boldly formed bonnet columns are positioned on either side of this door. Windows or rectangularly shaped side lights are located on both sides of this hood. This case exhibits excellent narrow proportions.

This dial is constructed from a sheet of brass. It gets its silver color from a wash that is applied after it has been engraved. The engravings are skillfully executed in filed with black wax. The dial is signed by the Maker. The Maker’s name and working location, “Moses Wing / Windsor” is positioned in the arch of the dial and can be plainly seen. The name is signed in a script format. The time ring is laid out in a traditional format. The hours are indicated in Roman style numerals and the five minute markers are indicated in an Arabic form. The day of the month is also displayed through an opening above the Roman hour numeral “six.” The spandrels are wonderfully engraved in a rococo scroll pattern. Please note the wonderfully shaped hands.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved. The escapement is designed as a recoil format. The movement is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a two train or a time and strike design having a rack and snail striking system. As a result, it will strike each hour on the hour. This is done on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement.

This clock made circa 1785. It stands approximately and is 7 feet 1.5 inches tall.

This clock is inventory number FF-115.

About Moses Wing of Windsor and Hartford Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Moses Wing was born April 25, 1760 the son of Samuel and Joannah (Haskell) Wing. He served in the Revolutionary War and was present at the retreat from New York. In 1777, He enlisted as a private for service at Peekskill in Capt Edward Griswold’s company of the Conn militia. End ended his service as a major. He returned to Windsor and became know as a Goldsmith, but made brass clocks, silver spoons, etc., and also repaired watches. Several tall case clocks are known to us. All of which have had sheet brass dials that were skillfully engraved and treated with a silver wash. Two of these dial have been found with the initials “DP” engraved on them below the center arbor. DP has not yet been identified. This type of engraved brass dial was very popular with the clockmaking school of Thomas Harland and later Daniel Burnap. In fact, we know that Wing apprenticed to Thomas Harland and that the construction of the movements known, reflect this. In March of 1803, he and Geer Terry advertised their partnership in the Hartford American Mercury that they were “Makers of all kinds of gold and silver work.” They were located in Hartford until 1805 when Moses relocated to Worcester, MA and advertised as a gold and silversmith. Here he took on Martin Moses as an apprentice. Moses married twice. His first wife was Hannah Denslow, married on 12 December 1781 in Windsor. His second wife was Huldah Denslow, A cousin of Hannah’s. They were married on 8 April 1793 in Windsor. Moses Wing died on October 28, 1809 in Worcester and is buried in Palisdo Cemetry in Windsor where his tombstone still stands.  Huldah Wing was appointed administratix of the estate of her husband Moses, which was inventoried for $2284.67. 

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