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Girandole wall clock

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In 1802, Simon Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for the production of "Willard's Patent Time Pieces," an immensely popular wall clock. Lemuel Curtis, like many clockmakers in New England, had links, both familial and professional, with the seminal Willard shop. After...

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According to a family tradition, "Count Rumford's first cousin gave this clock to Mrs. Cabot's grandfather in payment of a legal fee." By descent through the Cabot family to Mrs. Charles C. Cabot, Dover, Mass., 1965. Gift of Mrs. Charles C. Cabot, 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles C. Cabot in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Charles J. White


Object Place

Concord, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 116.8 x 34.9 x 14.6 cm (46 x 13 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Carved, painted, and gilded wood; brass; reverse glass painting




Furniture, Clocks