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Joshua Wilder Mahogany and Mahogany Veneer Tall Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3093M
Date / Time :
April 20, 2018 10:00AM


Joshua Wilder Mahogany and Mahogany Veneer Tall Clock, Hingham, Massachusetts, c. 1815, with pierced fret above freestanding fluted columns, inlaid hood door, 12-in. painted roman numeral iron dial signed "Joshua Wilder/Hingham," diamond-pattern steel hands, raised gilt and floral-decorated spandrels, and a rocking ship in the arch, beaded-edge full-length waist door with bookmatched and contrasting veneer inlay, flanked by fluted quarter-columns, base with similar waist door inlay and flared French feet, eight-day time and hour strike movement with rear pierced plate and solid front plate mechanism, regulated by a brass-faced pendulum and two tin-cased weights, ht. with finial 90 in.

Literature: For information on Joshua Wilder and a closely related example with similar case inlay, see Jobe, Sullivan, and O'Brien, Harbor & Home, p. 271.

Note: Original Walter H. Durfee & Co. letter to a Mr. Everett, reading in part "Regarding the hall clock which you purchased from Geo. Lansing, 2nd, in the later part of January I would advise that I purchased this clock in Hingham, Mass. in 1917 and sold it to Willard I. Lansing, his father," accompanies the lot.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

original finials, fret work, seating board, feet, few small losses to veneer on case bottom, bell old replacement.

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.


Durfee & Co, Willard I. Lansing, Durfee, Hingham, Hingham, Massachusetts, Industrial processes, Inlay, Metalworking, Visual arts, Wood veneer, Woodworking