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Antique J Billings Clock

Price Type: auction
Sold Date: April, 2002
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J Billings

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C.1820, American 8-Day Tall Case Clock , brass works and painted dial. This clock came to us from a home in Acton, Mass, where it has stood for the last 80 years. When the movement was last cleaned by Acton Clock Service, they attributed the clock to J. Billings of Acton, Mass, who was apprenticed to Aaron Willard. These papers will be provided to the purchaser, however we question this origin. The all mahogany case was refinsihed in the 1950s, and a nailer board screwed to the back for attaching the clock to the wall (we had a heck of a time getting it loose from the wall). The movement is most certainly of New Hampshire origin, well finished and with the typical arch in the bottom of the plates. The dial is well painted in typical NH fashion, with roses in the arch and spandrel areas. The false plate (between movement and dial) is stamped Wilson, Birmingham, who supplied New England makers at the time. The risers in the case have a 3/4 inch addition, which suggest that this movement is not original to the case, however the dial fits the mask fine and the mask is original to the hood. With original pendulum and tin can weights. Period 4 piece cast finials intact. Height 90"

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