Simon Willard Tall Clock, with Mahogany Case Attributed to Stephen Badlam, Roxbury, Massachusetts, c. 1790, the fret-top hood with three brass finials surmounting the frieze with inlaid pilasters flanking the dot and dart inlay crowning the glazed hood door over the "Osborne" painted iron roman numeral dial signed Sim[n] Willard, floral spandrels, recessed date and moon's age dial in the arch and pierced steel hands all flanked by freestanding brass stop-fluted columns, the rectangular waist door with bold fan and conforming light and dark line inlays all framed by similar light and dark inlay on case frame and brass stop-fluted quarter columns, the base with similar inlays of fan and complicated line inlays with central crotch mahogany veneer panel and outer broad banding all resting on a two-stage base molding and ogee bracket feet, eight-day time and hour strike brass movement with recoil escapement and rack and snail strike system powered by two iron weights and regulated by a brass-faced pendulum bob and iron rod, ht. to the top of the central finial 96 in.
Note: The attribution to Stephen Badlam (1751-1815) as the cabinetmaker on the present example is based on the crown frieze above the hood door (sometimes inlaid and sometimes a pierced sound fret), the complicated fan inlays on the waist door giving the impression of a rectangular waist door with ovolo cut corners and the inlay configuration in the base being tight to the central decoration and not the outer dimensions of the base. There are several documented examples known. The Willard House and Clock Museum has an example by Aaron branded S Badlam with blind pierced fret, cut corner door, and elaborate inlays. Please see Roger W. Robinson and Herschel Burt, The Willard House and Clock Museum and the Willard Family of Clockmakers, pp. 88-90. For additional information on Badlam, see Paul J. Foley, Willard's Patent Timepieces, p. 211.
Ogee feet and pierced fret are very accomplished replacements of about 50 years ago. Probably gently refinished at the same time. Period bog-iron weights, period brass-faced pendulum bob and iron rod, dial undisturbed, including signature, usual minor losses on moon's age dial; one side opposite the moon is a rare depiction of a beehive and honey bees. Movement cleaned and running.
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