Fashionable during the first quarter of the nineteenth century, dwarf clocks were usually under five feet tall and were created as diminutive tall case clocks. Located in Hingham, Massachusetts, Joshua Wilder (1786-1860) and Reuben Tower (w.1810-1830) were among the most industrious clockmakers producing these forms. Characteristic of their work, this clock with arched and molded pediment, unembellished case with molded door, mid-molding above the box base and shaped skirt is related to several clocks made by Wilder and Tower dated circa 1810-1815. For similar clocks see Bishop and Distin, The American Clock (New York, 1976), pp. 79-81, figs. 151, 155, 158, 161 and fig. 159, respectively. For other related Wilder clocks see Palmer, The Book of American Clocks (New York, 1950), figs. 94 and 105. Two Wilder dwarf clocks were sold in these Rooms 16 October 1996, lot 239 and 14 October 1999, lot 197.