WILLIAM CUMMENS (Roxbury Massachusetts, 1768-1834) Federal Inlaid Mahogany "Rocking Ship" Tall-Case Clock
painted dial signed Warranted by W. Cummens; the interior door bearing a newspaper clipping from Newport Daily News, November 25, 1809 reading The directors of the Aquidneck National Bank have purchased of George E. Vernon & Co. a hall clock for the lobby of the banking room. It was made for Nathaniel Gladding of Warren, R. I. in 1800, and is a fine instrument in a mahogany-inlaid case, in perfect condition. A figure of a ship rolling in a heavy sea is shown above the dial, an interesting feature that is unusual, as well as numerous hand-written paper labels written by members of the Gladding family referring to the clock; height: 91 in.; width: 19 1/2 in., depth: 9 1/2 in.
Provenance: Property from the Estate of a New England Clock Collector.