Aaron Willard Case Clock Weight Driven Replacement Pendulum & Weight Running For Sale
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Aaron Willard Case Clock Weight Driven Replacement Pendulum & Weight Running:
Antique Aaron Willard Case Clock Weight Driven
Replacement Pendulum or Weight Running
Most Likely an Older Reproduction, Not Original
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Here is a great Antique Aaron Willard Shelf Clock (or Older Reproduction of one) for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep for yourself!
A buyer recently selected this clock, but decided they did not want to keep it. So, the clock is available again for your buying advantage and now in running condition!
This fine antique shelf clock is being offered to you at a price below what you would see in a high end sale house or clock shop, as we have been selling clocks out of our home for over 35 years. We can therefore better control our acquisition costs, keep commission costs low (if applicable), and finally, we don't have the overhead that the higher end houses and clock shops experience.
Beautiful American Made mahogany case clock here. Looks like an older case, not sure about the movement yet as not finding a lot of examples of it in the sites we research from. Has an interesting old label on the back of the case from a jeweler name Whitney in Clinton, MA that was in business from the 1880s to 1920. See a biography of Aaron Willard below.
It is our opinion that this is not a complete authentic Aaron Willard clock. Parts of the wood case may be, but again no way to be certain. Back plate of clock case may be a replacement. We believe the clock is an older reproduction. If a reproduction, the shelf clock certainly is still an older one, just not early 1800s. Brass movement's teeth do not look hand filed, but again could be replacements or just a newer older reproduction movement than early 1800s.
See a biography of Aaron Willard below. Our best guess is that this clock is an older reproduction, not an original Aaron Willard and priced as such. Input from the clock folks out there that know more about this clock maker's works than ourselves would be much appreciated. Your identity would be kept anonymous. Thanks.
We also obtained an older Banjo Clock at the same time that appears to have all the appearances of an Aaron Willard as well that we are selling separately in our online stores. See listing #122479923912 for that clock. Has a Victory on Lake Champlain lower tablet that got cracked at some time in the past. Even better, it came from the estate of a descendant of Brigadier General William Seward.
The wood case is all there. Still has the original brass ball feet. The wood clock case base shows some patching to the veneer over the years. Beautiful mahogany case all around. Sides, front of the case above the base and the top that slides off is all intact.The case shows finish loss most notably along the corner edges, still looks good. The case door is still securely attached to the case by the end pins that hold it in place.
The reverse painted glass on the front door over the clock face is pretty much intact. Some minor flaking going on. Has the clock maker's name and Boston in script. The mirror on the base appears to be older, shows some backing loss where the mirror goes black.
Great "dinner plate" clock face on the heavy metal here. Looks old. Most of the paint is still there. on the face. Interesting in that the wind hole is at the 10 o'clock mark as most time only clocks had the wind hole at the 2 o'clock mark, including examples of Aaron Willard clocks we have seen, including ones at the Henry Ford Museum. What might the wind hole placement tell us here as to whom made this clock?
Nice detailing to the case on the front, sides. The eye latch and screw are in place to hold the upper hood in place, but the end is broken of the brass latch. the hood fits down on two dowel pins on the rest of the case, one of the dowel pins all there, some of the other one.
We have only wiped down the wood case with Murphy's wood cleaner and orange oil, could still used a good cleaning to bring the original beauty of this piece out to its' full potential.
Nice looking metal face on this clock. White with gold coloring and black details on the plate around the clock face. Black numbering, some minor finish loss. Elegant clock hands match and look appropriate to the clock.
Nice looking brass movement on this clock. Interesting side run crotch for the pendulum, most are set up to run from the center of the movement. There is now a reproduction metal rod and separate brass pendulum rod with this movement. A newer lead weight is now also with the movement. The pulley wheel the cable goes up over for the weight to hang from is in place as is the brass pulley at the end of the cable. The cable has been replaced with a newer braided cable that is smaller and better meets the movement;s needs. The clock appears to have a 7 to 8 day movement. The wording. " W Bennett 06870 Sept 1976 is scratched into one side of the clock movement's plate. Cannot say with certainty if the movement has been with the clock since inception, you be the judge before acquiring.
The clock movement has been cleaned and serviced by Clock Doc (a bushing was replaced as well). So, this clock is being sold in running condition. The clock will come with a wind key. Some revised pictures with the newer lead weight and replacement pendulum have been added.
This was definitely a quality clock for its' time. The clock stands 30.25" tall, by 14-3/8" across, by 6-1/8" wide. The clock face is 6.25" across. This is a heavy and large clock, so expect the shipping costs to reflect that. You do not find this shelf clock maker's work (or a reproduction of) available very often, so do not miss this one. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
As can be expected
when dealing with an antique clock, some adjustments may be needed after
shipping to get the clock re-running correctly again as they can be very
delicate. If you have not had experience with old mechanical clocks
before, I would suggest you steer clear. One really needs to have the
patience, and skill to work with these great works of art. They are not
our modern plug in and go, or change the battery clocks. Please ask any
questions relating to this matter, before you decide to purchase it.
sure that this clock meets your needs and requirements before
deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 15% restocking fee to do so. So, please carefully review all the attached pictures,ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions! You can also pick this clock up in Wilmington, DE should you not want to have the clock shipped to you. The clock may be partially disassembled to be more safely shipped to you. Weight will be sent separately. So, expect some reassembly.Some information about the movement from another party;
You have a rare original clock movement in that clock! It’s a wheelbarrow movement from the early 1830’s made in New Hampshire. It has a strange diagonal side and a verge to the extreme right causing the winding arbor to be on the left.
Some information about the clock maker;
Aaron Willard(b.October 14, 1757 Grafton, MA d May 20,1844 Boston, MAwas an entrepreneur, an industrialist, and a designer of clockswho worked extensively at his Roxbury,Massachusetts, factory during the early years of the United States of America.
While at the family farm at Grafton, Aaron Willard developed his career conjointly with his three brothers, who became celebrated horologists too (though Aaron's and his brother Simon'screations are the most significant).
Both brothers moved to Rosburyk Boston,Massachusetts, (where the peninsular town of Boston joined to the mainland) where they developed one of the first modern American industries, independently from each other. Simon and Aaron Willard's clocks were the first economically accessible timepieces of the country.
The first American ancestor of Willard's family was Simon Willard who arrived in 1634, together with his wife Mary Sharpe, stemming from Horsmonden, Kent, England. In America, Simon Willard became a military commander and dealt fiercely with the Indians.The Willards were among the founders of the town o Concord, MA. Later on, Simon had a prominent role throughout the region as politician and judge.
A century later, Aaron Willard was of Simon's fifth New Englandgeneration. He was born in 1757, at a farm located in the hill-region of Graton,in Worcester County MA. Aaron Willard's parents were Benjamin Willard and Sarah Brooks. He was the third of four sons; his brothers were Benjamin, Simon, and Ephraim.
After Senior Benjamin's first steps into horology, the four brothers became horologists as well. All developed their skills at their Grafton farm and, initially, they shared time between farming chores and the new activity. All their lives were closely connected and they had strong influence reciprocally.
A PIONEER AMERICAN INDUSTRY
At Boston, the two Willard brothers' chief enterprises—Simon's and Aaron's—were of the first American industries. Their well-organized modern workshops demanded supplies—such as mahogany or previously cast pieces—which stemmed from more than 20 manufacturers within a mile-zone. They dominated the clock-making in the Boston region.
Both brothers had successful uncompromising policies in commerce, although they were permanently pledged into improving the design of their clocks too. Due to Aaron's massive production, the clock became a domesticated product for public usage, whether in parlors, offices,or the like. Nonetheless, the Willard brothers' clocks weren't affordable yet for most common people.
The Willard family became quite recognizable within American high society, particularly Simon.
Although the clocks had been relatively expensive, both Willard brothers strove to compact the traditional 18th century British type of long case clock.They simplified its action-mechanism and, for casing, they used specifically tailored wooden frames—which were uncomplicated for either manufacturing or assembling.
Their new smaller models were relatively economic. Therefore, sales rose quickly, and the Willard brothers supplied clocks to both public and domestic consumers.
Aaron Willard's models were:
On every unit, Aaron Willard spelled his signature out, over either the dial or the glass-panel
Tall Clock (Grandfather-Clock)
Aaron Willard began manufacturing and commercializing traditional tall case clocks (referred to as longcase clocks outside of the US). These clocks, often called Grandfather clocks today, generally stood about 7 1/2 to 8 feet tall . Although some other clockmakers produced wooden movement clocks, Willard made only clocks with brass movements. His tall case clocks were always of eight-day duration (other than extremely rare extended running clocks).
Like Simon's, Aaron's clocks adopted a distinguishing feature early: since 1790, about their cases where, up over the dial, the case-door delineated a half circle which echoed the dial.
The clocks' tops were adorned with a series of wooden curly arrangements called Whales-Tails. Later on, these ringlets evolved, and they finished extra-stretched and artistically riddled too.
Many elements of brass—which were usually imported—sprinkled all case's woodwork. Particularly, Aaron's clocks had three spherical finials on top. However, the case presented a spate of other small brassy touches around, depending on the model.
The case's door was secured by means of an iron lock.
The clock dials (faces) were painted iron. They were produced with varying complexity, in accord with the price of the model. For the economical, it was relatively unadorned. For the most expensive types, the dial featured artistic paintings from recognized Bostonian artists.
Aaron Willard increased the value of his clocks by adding features to the dials. Most had a revolving calendar wheel, indicating the date. Many incorporated a revolving moon disc at the top of the dial for indicating the phases of the moon. In rare instances, a "rocking ship" dial was used. These were produced in Boston and are highly desirable to collectors. They are fitted with a small depiction of a sailing ship that rocks back and forth in the arch of the dial. it is driven by the motion of the pendulum.
About 1812, the Napoleonic Warsaltered the national economy, forcing a simplification of the most expensive models, due to cost-problems. For example, the dial-door became a conventional square, and the extra devices, which were traditionally around the dial, were simplified.
Arriving in Roxbury, MA. about 1780, and continued to produce tall case clocks, but some time later began to produce Shelf Clocks. This model was much smaller than the tall case clocks and as a result, was suitable for being placed on a mantle, shelf or a piece of furniture.
Nowadays, the Shelf-Clocks are nonetheless considered Aaron's foremost department. They are avidly sought by collectors.
Banjo clock (Willard Patent Timepiece)
Aaron Willard's third clock-model was the Banjo Clock, which eventually became the factory's mainstream.
TheBanjohad been invented by Simon in 1802. It comprised a compacted mechanism in a compact body which could be fastened on a wall. With a not-cheap price of about $30, it was nevertheless a hit. It became the most famous clock in the early history of the United States.
At Grafton, in Worcester County, Massachusetts, the one-room farm had been built in 1718 by Joseph Wilard,who belonged to the third generation of the Willard family. The residence was further enlarged through the years.
In 1776, Benjamin Willard began learning the horologist profession there, and he built a small workshop for commerce. Consequently, his knowledge was learnt also by his brothers. All did a seasonal trade-off between farming chores and their new profession. By producing clocks for the region, the business eventually was profitable.
Successively, three of Willard brothers moved to Boston's Roxbury Street. Benjamin arrived in 1770. Simon arrived approximately in 1778, to the 2196-address.
Aaron Willard brought his business in 1792 to the 2224-address which was a quarter of a mile from Simon's. TheBoston Directory promoted Aaron's establishment as"Aaron Willard, clock maker on the Neck."The factory's workshop functioned inside an extension which was bigger than the actual residence. Inside, the number of employees was approximately 30 during the best years. Within a radius of a quarter of a mile, 21 other important manufacturers supplied the factory in different capacities.
In 1823, Aaron Willard went into retirement.
He died on May 20, 1844, at Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was 87 years old.Please check out our other Timeless Tokens store listings as we are regularly adding new items. We specialize in antique and vintage artwork, books, collectibles, furniture, musical instruments, paper ephemera, marine/nautical, and clocks. Thanks for your business. (D17078).
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