Riley Whiting Short Case Transitional Shelf Clock

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

Riley Whiting served his apprenticeship with the Hoadleys in Plymouth, Connecticut making wooden geared clocks. In 1807, he, Samuel and Luther Hoadley formed a partnership and began building short and long pendulum clocks. 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 until he died in 1835. During this time he perfected the eight-day wooden geared movement.

This is avery colorful example which happens to be in outstanding original condition. This clock has a traditional thirty hour time and strike wooden geared movement. The original Clockmaker’s label is pasted inside the case on the backboard. The wooden dial is nicely painted and features colorful floral decorations in each of the four spandrel areas. In addition, a colorful floral pattern decorates the center section. Wonderfully turned and stenciled columns flank the sides of the case. The detail of which is very strong. The upper splat is also wonderful 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 very good original condition. This case measures approximately 29 inches tall, 17 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It was made circa 1830. This example is better than most.

Inventory number PP-122.


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