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Henry Hinkley Mahogany Lyre Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2724M
Date / Time :
May 03, 2014 10:00AM


Henry Hinkley Mahogany Lyre Clock, Boston, c. 1830, the painted iron dial with Roman numerals signed Hinkley above the carved lyre midsection with reverse-painted glass, the lower box glass with scroll decoration and crosshatched pendulum aperture all on a mustard ground with veneered pedestal below, eight-day brass timepiece movement with recoil escapement, pendulum and iron weight, ht. 37 in.

Note: According to Paul Foley in Willard's Patent Timepieces, pp. 264-65, Hinkley led a very interesting life as a clockmaker, rubbing shoulders with Sawin & Dyar, John Sawin, serving as a journeyman for Aaron Willard Jr. at the same time as Edward Howard and David P. Davis, and working as a journeyman for Howard and Davis in the mid-19th century. He also served as a soldier in the Civil War. When he died in 1904, he was described as the "oldest clockmaker in the United States."
Estimate $2,500-4,500

Mid section glass is a replacement (damaged original accompanies the lot), lower box glass is original, old surface on case, dial undisturbed including signature, period weight and pendulum.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


David P. Davis, Aaron Willard Jr., Paul Foley, Edward Howard, John Sawin, clockmaker, clockmaker in the United States, United States