SIMON WILLARD (1753-1848) Federal Brass-Mounted Mahogany Tall-Case Clock
the painted dial bearing a Muse with Lyre and signed Simon Willard; bearing brass plate on interior door From the Collection of J. Cheney Wells, Southbridge, Massachusetts, No. 49; height: 85 in., width: 19 in., depth: 10 1/4 in.
Provenance: Property from the J. Cheney Wells Clock Collection, Southbridge, Massachusetts. The Estate of a New England Clock Collector.
Other Notes: Joel Cheney Wells (1874-1960) worked with his father, George W. Wells and two brothers in the family business, American Optical Corporation in Southbridge, Massachusetts. In the early 1920's Cheney began collecting clocks and over three decades acquired over 100 tall case clocks, shelf clocks, mantle clocks, and banjo clocks. Joel and his younger brother, Albert B. Wells, spearheaded the founding of Old Sturbridge Village Museum in 1936. The J. Cheney Wells Clock Gallery opened at OSV in May of 1982.