Simon Willard Tall Clock
Simon Willard, 1753- 1848
The Willard family of Massachusetts are among the best known of America's clockmakers. In all, 10 members were clockmakers, with a reign spanning a period of about 125 years. Within this family Simon was especially talented. Not only did he produce some of the finest clocks ever made in America, but he also trained some of the most talented apprentices. These men went on to develop famous reputations of their own.
The Tall Case that I am reproducing is a Roxbury case with a hand made reproduction
movement. This is a federal period (1793) case highlighted with delicate inlays and fretwork. What is so special about this clock is its total attention to detail and proportion. In my opinion this is a beautiful clock.
I have attempted to reproduce this clock as faithfully as possible, using the same materials and techniques used at the turn of the 18th century. Solid mahogany, mahogany veneer over pine, inlays of Satinwood, Ebony, Holly, and a backboard of pine are found in both the original and my clock. My finish is shellac that I mix myself, as was done back then. The glass in my bonnet is hand blown, cut, and flattened in an oven.
I offer three styles of clock dial; the traditional moonphase, rocking ship (the ship rocks back and forth with the beat of the pendulum), and broken arch. There is a painted scene in
Overall height, 92"
Depth 9 5/8"
With moondial or broken arch dial
with rocking ship dial
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For my tallcase clocks I use a weight driven, time and strike movement, hand made in Pennsylvania by David Lindow. This is a wonderful reproduction of an American tallcase movement of the late 18th early 19th centuries.
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