James Collins Goffstown New Hampshire Tall Case Clock

James Collins Goffstown

Sheraton mahogany tall case clock by James Collins, Goffstown, New Hampshire, circa 1830. Pierced fret, brass finials and turned columns flank a painted iron dial signed “James Collins, Goffstown”. 8-Day brass time and strike movement with wooden pendulum rod. Brass faced bob and 2 original tin can weights. In very good overall, working order. Dimensions: 90″H x 21.25″W x 10.75″D. Note: Few clocks are known by Collins, but his career of a watchmaker, clockmaker, and jeweler are well documented in Charles S. Parsons, New Hampshire Clocks and Clockmakers, pp. 306-7. This interesting and well made case stands as a testament to the wide variety of cases found on New Hampshire clocks. The family history and provenance of the clock is documented in a handwritten note inside the case. Finally, as with many New Hampshire and Maine clocks, this example incorporates an American painted iron dial from the Boston school of artists: Nolen, Curtis, Willard, et. al. As a personal note, I actually have visited the James Collins homestead in Goffstown and was an overnight guest of Mr. Charles S. Parsons who was a good friend. The passion that Mr. Parsons developed for New Hampshire clocks came about after he bought a home in Goffstown only to discover that it had been the home of James Collins, Clock Maker !

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