Description: Tall Case Clock

Called by many a “grandfather clock,” this type of clock was frequently considered the most precious object in nineteenth-century homes and handed down from one generation to the next. This particular tall case clock was made in Massachusetts by Simon Willard, one of America’s most important clockmakers.  Inside the top of the clock, or the “bonnet,” are the clockworks, which were made of wood or brass, often imported from England. The waist section, or main part of the clock, housed the weights and pendulum, which, in conjunction with the clockworks, kept the clock ticking and keeping time as long as it was wound periodically. This clock struck the hour on the hour twenty-four hours a day.

  • Artist:  Simon Willard, American, 1753-1848
  • Created:  circa 1800
  • Credit Line:  Bequest of Jean Craig, 2006.37