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A FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY TALL-CASE CLOCK
DIAL SIGNED AND CASE LABELLED BY AARON WILLARD, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1800

The arched hood with pierced fret and three reeded plinths above a molded cornice over a glazed door opening to a white-painted dial with roman and arabic chapter ring enclosing a sweep seconds, the spandrels embellished with gold ovals and scrollwork surmounted by a port scene with shoreline and vessels fashioned with American flags, the dial signed, "Aaron Willard, Boston," flanked by brass stop-fluted colonettes above an inlaid waisted case with brass stop-fluted quarter columns over a rectangular inlaid case and molded base, the interior case door with the Paul Revere label for Aaron Willard (feet missing)--83¼in. high, 19¼in. wide, 9¾in. deep

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Paul Revere's engraved label for this Aaron Willard tall case clock, illustrated in Paul Revere Engravings by Clarence S. Brigham (New York, 1969), plate 57, p. 177, remains on the inside of the cupboard door. Providing detailed instructions for the purchaser as well as identifying the maker and place of work, "Boston", this label is one of three Paul Revere engraved for Aaron Willard after 1792 when Willard relocated his shop to Boston. An earlier version is engraved "Roxbury", Willard's place of work before 1792. It is unclear whether the third label, inscribed "Boston" with an additional line of instruction, dates prior to this Boson label. For illustrations of the three labels see Clarence Brigham's Paul Revere's Engravings, plate 57, 58, p. 177, 179.

For three closely related cocks loated in the Sturbridge Village Collection are illustrated and discussed in Clockmaking in New England 1725-1825: An Interpretation of the Old Sturbridge Village Collection by Philip Zea and Robert Cheney (Sturbrige, Ma, 1992), fig. 57.1.74, 57.1.67, 57.1.70,p. 41-43. Also a closely related clock with label is illustrated in Sack, American Antiques from Israel Sack, vol.2, Brochure 14, p. 345, P855.
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