Thursday, June 6, 2013


This is an antique American, Philadelphia cherry longcase clock circa 1780 that came into our antiques mall from a local home.

It has the old works 

The back of the dial is marked "Wilson".  

There is also his second mark, "Wilson Birm".   

My research shows the following information....James Wilson is one of the best known English dialmakers and was based in Birmingham in partnership with Thomas Osborne from 1772-7 and thereafter on his own, he died in 1809.  The English workshops made a lot of faces and movements for US finishers.... 

A very interesting history/provenance is written on the interior door of this tall case clock documenting when and who serviced it with the earliest date being April 1831 by Thomas Smith. 

10 years later Joakim Hill of Flemington, N.J. serviced this clock on November 4th, 1841. My research shows that...Flemington’s Joachim Hill was the leading clock maker in 19th century New Jersey. He undertook to repair his clocks and observed the custom of journeying on horseback over a large section of countryside to keep them in running order.  Colonial New Jersey was an important center of clock making tall case clocks of high quality that rivaled the best made anywhere in this country.  As a maker of eight-day clocks, Hill was known over the Jersey countryside for more than fifty years. The Metroplitan Museum of Art and may other fine museums own clocks that bear Joachim Hill's name.

We also have another clockmaker's name from September 15, 1864. He was Mr. Lewis from Bordentown, N.J. The last inscription was when the clock was given to Dr. William Rider by his family on Father's Day 1935. There is a sweet saying also "May it tick till time shall be no more". 

This longcase clock measures a towering 98 inches tall to the top of the center finial.  

We have seen this clock treasured in a local resident's home for the last 20 to 25 years. Now it is finally available for sale.

Watch our video on this amazing clock!

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