Ada J. Simonton Roxbury Tall-Case Clock

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Ada J. Simonton Roxbury Tall-Case Clock

This style of tall-case or grandfather clock was popularized by the Willard family of clockmakers in the late 1700s and early 1800s and is named for Roxbury, Massachusetts, the location of their clock manufacturing works. The Willards made numerous variations of this clock, some fancier, and some more plain. Old Sturbridge Village and The Willard House and Clock Museum both have extensive collections. This particular clock is made from authentic mahogany, the material of choice in the 1800s. Most of the Willard clocks have ogee bracket feet, but French feet, as in this example, can also be found. The face is a hand-painted moon phase dial which, in addition to showing the phase of the moon, also has a picture of a sailing ship, and a lighthouse. The lighthouse is the New London, Connecticut lighthouse, in honor of my adopted hometown. The sailing ship is the Ada J. Simonton, an actual ship that was once captained by a distant relative of one of my dear friends. The Ada J. was a 295 ton schooner that sailed in the coastal trade during the late 1800s. Her home port was Rockland, Maine. She was lost in a "cyclone" (hurricane) off the coast of Florida the end of August 1880. At the time she was bound from Pensacola to Boston, laden with lumber. She was driven ashore at Matanzas, Florida; all of the crew survived. A total of 12 ships, including the Ada J., were reported lost in this storm. The clock has an eight-day, weight driven mechanical movement. It strikes off the hour with a bell. In addition to the moon phase dial, there is also a calendar ring, indicating the date. The clock works were made by David Lindow of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania (www.lindowclockmaker.com). The glass in the hood door and side lights are vintage glass, showing slight imperfections, typical of the period of the clock. This clock is available for purchase.

Finish:

shellac

Materials:

South American mahogany (Swietenia mahogani) - solid and veneers, eastern white pine, poplar

Dimensions:

100 H x 19 W x 10 D