Reuben Tower of Hingham, Kingston and Hanover Massachusetts.

Reuben Tower was born in Hingham, Massachusetts on July 3rd, 1795. His parents were Isaiah Tower (1766-1809) and Hannah Jacob (1771-1844). It is believed that he served his apprenticeship to Hingham Clockmaker and neighbor Joshua Wilder. He first worked in Hingham from about 1815 to 1821. While in Hingham, he married Rebecca Hathaway on December 2nd, 1819. Rueben Tower moved several times in his lifetime. In 1822, he is listed in the Plymouth County Deeds as Clockmaker living in Kingston. In 1826, he is listed as a Clockmaker working in Hanover and then in 1830 as a Silversmith in this location. In 1831, he moved back to Hingham where he died on October 27, 1881. A small number of clocks made by this maker have been found. Many of which are the dwarf form but also include tall clocks, wall timepieces, shelf clocks and mirror clocks. Currently, the Hingham Public Library in Hingham, Massachusetts is displaying a tall clock made by him.

Reuben Tower of Kingston, Massachusetts. A tall case clock.

This fine example has outstanding proportions. The case is veneered in figured mahogany that exhibits excellent grain patterns. The finish is… read more