Frederick Wingate of Augusta, Maine.

Frederick Wingate, silversmith, watch and clockmaker was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 11th, 1782 and died in Augusta, Maine on November 16th, 1864. His parents were William Wingate (1745-1821) and Mehitable (Bradley) Wingate (1747-1796). He had an older brother, Paine Wingate (1767-1833) who was working in Boston as a clockmaker as early as 1789. Paine may have trained Frederick. Frederick married Hannah Page of Haverhill on January 17th, 1806. In 1814, he served as a soldier during the War of 1812.

Frederick worked as a silversmith, watch and clockmaker and became one of Maine’s most prolific clockmakers. He may have been trained in Massachusetts before he moved north to Augusta, Maine by 1803. As a clockmaker, he made many tall clocks, banjo clocks, and mirror clocks. It appears that his efforts were mostly in the production of tall case clocks of which many are numbered. Examples have been reported from number 15 to a high of 302. He apprenticed Benjamin Swan of Augusta in 1808 and their work is often very similar in form. Many of the cases are quite similar and share unique characteristics such as the use of contrasting woods. Reoccurring features found on many Augusta clocks are the use of figured maple in waist door and on the base panel, unusual turned and often shaped waist and hood columns and colorfully painted Boston orig dial painted by Spencer Nolen. A fair number of Wingate clocks retain their original set up labels. If present, these can be found pasted inside the waist door.

Frederick Wingate of Augusta, Maine. No. 119. A tall case clock.

This well proportioned mixed woods case tall clock was made by Frederick Wingate of Augusta, Maine circa 1813. Frederick Wingate was… read more

Frederick Wingate. A clockmaker working in Augusta, Maine. This clock No. 118. A Rocking ship dial/

This is a well proportioned inlaid mahogany cased tall clock. It was made by Frederick Wingate of Augusta, Maine circa 1813.… read more