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A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED TALL-CASE CLOCK
A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED TALL-CASE CLOCK
A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED TALL-CASE CLOCK
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PROPERTY FROM A DESCENDANT OF THE FISKE FAMILY
A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED TALL-CASE CLOCK

DIAL SIGNED BY SIMON WILLARD (1753-1848), ROXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1800

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A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY AND BRASS-MOUNTED TALL-CASE CLOCK
DIAL SIGNED BY SIMON WILLARD (1753-1848), ROXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1800
white painted dial signed Simon Willard with No 1519 inside seconds chapter ring; inside of case door with printed label of Simon Willard printed by I. Thomas Jr.; same door with label handwritten in graphite, John Fiske/ born Aug 28 1741/ died Nov 15 1819/ Great-Great-/ Grandfather to/ Susan Fiske/ Rumsey/ Purchased this Clock
84 in. high, 20 in. wide, 10 ½ in. deep
Provenance
John Fiske (1741-1819), Framingham, Massachusetts
Col. Nat Fiske (1772-1841), Framingham and Westmoreland, New Hampshire, son
William Fiske (1806-1873), Framingham and Buffalo, New York, son
Frank William Fiske (1832-1914), Massachusetts and Buffalo, son
Susan Reid (Fiske) Rumsey (1857-1941), Buffalo, daughter
Current owner, great grandson

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As recorded on the interior of the door, this clock was first owned by John Fiske (1741-1819) of Framingham, Massachusetts. Fiske was among the first to fight in what would become the War of Independence and as part of Capt. Simon Edgell’s company, marched on the Alarm on April 19th, 1775 to Concord and Cambridge. Fiske served throughout the War and afterwards enjoyed considerable prosperity through his business ventures. A prominent figure in Framingham, he served on numerous civic committees and was one of the town’s selectmen for thirteen years. In 1812, he built a Federal mansion, which still stands today at 13 Salem End Road. The clock probably stood in this house and since Fiske’s death, has passed down in seven generations of the same family. For more on the Fiske family, see Josiah Howard Temple, History of Framingham, Massachusetts (Framingham, 1887), pp. 277-278, 310, 422, 565; Frederick Clifton Pierce, Fiske and Fisk Family (Chicago, 1896), pp. 270, 400-401.

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