Aaron Willard of Grafton, Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts.

Aaron Willard was born in Grafton, Massachusetts, on October 13, 1757. Little is currently known of his early life in Grafton. His parents, Benjamin Willard (1716-1775) and Sarah (Brooks) Willard (1717-1775) of Grafton, had eleven children. Aaron was one of four brothers that trained as a clockmaker. In Grafton, he first learned the skills of clock making from his older brothers Benjamin and Simon. It is recorded that Aaron marched with them in response to the Lexington Alarm on April 19, 1775, as a private under Captain Aaron Kimball’s Company of Colonel Artemus Ward’s Regiment. Aaron re-enlisted on April 26 and was soon sent by General George Washington as a spy to Nova Scotia in November. By this time, he had reached the grade of Captain. He soon returned to Grafton to train as a clockmaker. In 1780, Aaron moved from Grafton to Washington Street in Roxbury along with his brother Simon. Here the two Willards establish a reputation for themselves as fine clock manufacturers. They were both responsible for training a large number of apprentices. Many of these became famous clock makers in their own right. The Willards dominated the clock-making industry in the Boston area during the first half of the nineteenth century. Aaron worked in a separate location in Roxbury from his brother and, in 1792, relocated about a quarter-mile away from Simon’s shop across the Boston line. Aaron is listed in the 1798 Boston directory as a clockmaker “on the Neck,” His large shop employed up to 30 people, while 21 other clock makers, cabinetmakers, dial and ornamental painters, and gilders worked within a quarter-mile radius by 1807. We have owned many tall case clocks made by this important Maker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and numerous Massachusetts shelf clock forms.

Aaron Willard cross-banded mahogany tall case clock featuring a rocking ship dial and a Revere set up label. YY60.

This important cross-banded mahogany cased tall clock was made by Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. This example features an automated dial… read more

Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. A Dish Dial shelf clock with time and alarm movement.

This Massachusetts Dish Dial Shelf Clock was made by Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. It is fitted with an alarm. This… read more

Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. Wall Timepiece or banjo clock. -SOLD-

This decorative Federal Massachusetts Wall Timepiece or “Banjo clock” was made by Aaron Willard Boston, Massachusetts circa 1830. The case is… read more

Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts. A mahogany cased tall clock with a Revere set up label. 212094

This important inlaid mahogany case tall clock was made by Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts.   This is a classic Roxbury… read more

Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Tall case clock with original set up label. 21066

This important labeled mahogany case tall clock was made by Aaron Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts.   This is a classic Roxbury… read more

Aaron Willard Tall case clock. Boston, Massachusetts

This mahogany line inlaid and cross banded tall case clock was made in Boston, Massachusetts by Aaron Willard. This is an… read more

Aaron Willard. Boston, Massachusetts. An important gilded case Gallery Clock.

This important gilded case Gallery Clock was made by Aaron Willard of Boston, Massachusetts. The true weight driven gallery wall clock… read more