Posted 6 years ago
A friend has had the good fortune to have this passed down thru his family. I'm trying to identify it. I know there was more than one Willard brother. One signed A. Willard, one Aaron Willard and another Aaron Willard, Jr. The signature on mine looks a little different from others and too new. Go figure. I like it either way.
I have only the smaller weight in it. The signature still looks to be newer than 207 years old. I guess if I was that age I'd need a few repairs! It looks like I'll have to find the Foley book for more research. In the middle of the face the hands are held on by a pin which I'm afraid to mess with. And the inside of the bottom box looks like the paint has been touched up. Some of the small brackets holding the face's secure look to be misaligned. Some of the most recent repairs are to he brass, using small nails. How they got them in there I'll never know. I think it's Federal but has no Patent on the front. I just love it but still want to make sure I don't have a Howard timepiece / clock. Thank you for the comment about my old Boston treasure, TJ