MAJOR TIMOTHY CHANDLER (1762-1848)

Tall -Case Clock
Concord, New Hampshire, circa 1810
Birch, white pine, original red paint, original brass and iron works, original painted iron dial, original brass capitals, original brass finials.
Height 92 inches, width 20 inches, depth 9 ½ inches. 
Saddle board branded twice “T.CHANDLER.” 

A miracle of original preservation, this is one of the few New Hampshire Federal tall clocks known to have survived with original dry red paint. The original fretwork features a leaf-pierced motif. The painted iron dial is decorated with a colorful urn and scrollwork design in the arch, Arabic numerals, and spandrels painted with pears. The eight-day brass and iron works were made by the celebrated New Hampshire clockmaker and Revolutionary War officer Major Timothy Chandler, who enlisted with the Minutemen in 1777. This clock was formerly in the private collection of Charles S. Parsons, Jr., an eminent museum curator, author, and researcher who specialized in New Hampshire decorative arts, first sold by us in 1999 and reacquired from an outstanding private collection.  

Provenance:
Collection of Charles S. Parsons, Jr., Goffstown, New Hampshire; Peter Sawyer, Exeter, New Hampshire; Pam Boynton, Groton, Massachusetts; David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, Woodbury, Connecticut, 1999; Private collection.

Published:
Charles S. Parsons, Jr., New Hampshire Clocks and Clockmakers (Exeter, New Hampshire: Adams Brown, 1976), pp. 22-23, fig. 17.

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