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Posted 6 years ago


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Some provenance was included on the clock door with old yellowed piece of paper which reads:

This clock was the property of Nathaniel Williams who joined the British
Army during the revolution, leaving it to his brother, my great grandfather. Nathanil died in New York City of small pox in 1782. The williams family were Tories, whence the name Tory Corner. Benjamin Williams took the oath of allegiance to the U.S.A. He was the church-man in Orange and one of the founders of St. Mark's Church - Selma F. Williams

The brass clock face/plate are flanked by brass filagree spandrels with dolphins and cherubs.

The face is 12 inches wide and 16 inches tall with roman numerials and original hands

A name plate of "STEPHEN TICHENOR", a descendant of Martin Tichenor, one of the original settlers of Newark NJ, in 1666, and one of the signers of the "Fundamental Agreement."

The clockworks are all brass with wooden weight spools.

Included are the pendulum, brass/lead weight, finale and door with brass hinges.

The clockworks and face are noted in: William E. Drost’s 1966 book Clocks and Watches of New Jersey between 1740-1760

Additional research revealed it could be an early clock made by Richard Miller, Aaron Miller or an apprentice named Stephen Tichenor, as it contains the same spandrels and works minus the bell and arm , a similar clock is in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg VA:

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