|The Chatham Tall Clock
The Chatham is a superb copy of a Simon Willard tall
clock circa. 1792.
Simon Willard, born1753, was one of four sons, the
fifth generation of the Willard family, all of whom
were clockmakers and who at various times worked from
the family home at Grafton which still exists. Between
them they developed the unique "Roxbury style"of tall
clock which is characterised by ogee or bracket feet,
stop fluted quarter columns, rounded hood top with pierced
fret work mounted between three chimneys each surmounted
by brass finials.
The Chatham incorporates these features and in addition
we have added marquetry edge lining, cross-banding and
corner quadrants to the solid mahogany case, to match
the original clock, all of which are laid by hand. The
cabinet is hand rubbed and waxed to achieve an antique
mahogany finish with light distressing whilst all the
furniture fittings are of solid brass.
The moon-phase dial is a hand painted copy of a period
dial originally produced in Boston and delicate milled
hands indicate the time.
The movement is of the finest quality, playing Westminster,
St. Michael or Whittington melodies at will. It is cable
driven and includes an automatic night silencer, chime
sequence and automatic beat setting.
This clock brings together the traditions and outstanding
workmanship of this pre-eminent American clockmaker,
skills which Comitti are proud to acknowledge and emulate,
with quality modern clockwork to achieve a furniture
item of outstanding character and presence.
Dimensions: H 218 cm (excluding finial) W49cm D32cm
H 232cm (to top of finial)