Nathan Lombard constructed inlaid mahogany tall case clock while working in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

This is a very important clock. The back board is inscribed by the original owner. The inscription reads, “ December 3rd, 1800 / D. Wight Jun.” David Wight was the brother of Oliver Wight a cabinetmaker working in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and he is now thought to have trained Nathan Lombard in the art of furniture joinery. This clock case is thought to have made by Lombard before he left Sturbridge and moved to Sutton, Mass. David Wight won a lottery and with the proceeds furnished his home in Sturbridge. It was his practice to sign the furniture he purchased. This is one of several items that have recently been discovered. David Wight’s probate records exist. A mahogany clock is listed in his inventory. It is now thought that this is that very clock.

This case exhibits superb excellent proportions. The case is constructed in mahogany and New England white pine is used as a secondary wood. It stands on four applied ogee bracket feet. The waist section features a rectangular waist door that is trimmed with a molding that forms a cock beaded edge around its perimeter. In the center of this door is an inlaid paterea. It consists of twenty petals that are comprised of alternating light and dark wood. The petals are wildly shaped and make for an interesting decoration. This is framed with a diamond pattern that is formed with a barber pole string inlay. Reeded quarter columns flank the sides of the case. These terminate in brass capitals. The bonnet features a traditional New England fretwork design. It is supported by three reeded plinths that are surmounted by three brass ball and spike finials. Fully turned and reeded bonnet columns ending in brass capitals flank the hood door. This bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass.

The bonnet door opens to access the painted iron dial. This dial is of local origin. It was most likely painted in Worcester area of Massachusetts and features colorful floral patterns as well as a couple of strawberries. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in the traditional format.

The movement is brass and of good quality. Fully wound and powered by weights, this movement is designed to run eight days and strike the hour on the hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mounted above the movement on a stand.

This clock was made circa 1800. It stands 91.5 inches tall to the top of the center finial.


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