Barker & Taylor of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Barker and Samuel Taylor formed a partnership as Barker & Taylor sometime before 1807. Little is currently known of these two individuals and their clocks are considered rare. In fact, this is one of the two tall case examples currently known to us signed in this manner. A third example is signed ‘J. Barker, Ashby.’ Based on the number of clock that are known to have survived, we can assume that they were not prolific clockmakers. All three feature wooden geared movements that share the same construction characteristics and format of the Ashby Clockmaking school. In addition, the painted dials are from there as well. As a result, it is logical to assume that Barker received his training there and later moved to Worcester and joined Taylor in the Barker & Taylor venture. It is recorded that Barker died in 1807. Samuel Taylor was born in 1780 and died in 1864. He is listed as a clockmaker in 1807 through 1856. So it is reasonable to assume that he carried on the business after Barker died.

Jonathan Barker of Ashby, Massachusetts. Wooden geared tall case clock. 213139

It appears that Jonathan Barker was apprenticed to Abraham Edwards in Ashby, Massachusetts sometime before 1802. The connection is made because… read more

Barker & Taylor of Worcester, Massachusetts. A wooden geared 30-hour tall clock. CC164.

This fine example features a case that is constructed in pine and retains it's original painted surface. The pine was wash… read more