Levi & Abel Hutchins Concord New Hampshire C. 1790 Chippendale Maple Tall Case Clock

 

Levi & Abel Hutchins

Levi Hutchins was born in Harvard, Massachusetts on August of 1761, and his brother Abel was born March of 1763. Both brothers lived extremely long and productive lives and it is simply amazing that they lived into their nineties. Their father served in the Revolutionary War as a captain. In 1777, Levi and Abel entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard of Grafton, Massachusetts. Upon completion, they moved to Concord New Hampshire around 1784 and were in business together making clocks for over 20 years. The example depicted in these photos is one of the finest known “high country” clocks from their shop and is executed in a case style attributed to the renowned cabinetmaker and joiner: David Youngs. The primary wood is choice dense, Maple with White Pine secondaries. The wood selection includes several pieces with strong figure and “tiger” striping. The broken arch scroll bonnet with carved rosette terminals and brass capltals supporting free standing bonnet columns. The waist section with tombstone shaped door continuing to a base resting on orginal bracket feet and a central drop pendant with a carved pinwheel motif. The “arched, tombstone shaped” waist door opens to a pair of “tin can” dome top weights filled with sand and an pendulum rod and brass covered lead bob. The two piece silvered brass dial is coupled with a “Concord School” brass eight day striking movement with arched cutouts in the front and rear plate. The makers names are beautifully engraved in the arched section of the dial. The feet are original and the backboard extends the full length of the case and forms the rear support. This is an incredibly heavy clock made of thick stock with New England White Pine secondary woods and Maple as the primary wood. Overall the clock is 89 X 20 1/2 X 10 1/2 inches with three ORIGINAL beautiful period brass finials adorning the top of the case.