Solomon Park Newtown
Prior to relocating to Philadelphia in 1797, Solomon Park was at work in Bucks County PA during the last quarter of the 18th Century. In 1782 he advertised in the New Jersey Gazette that a number of his watches and clocks had been stolen. This example is one of his earliest known clocks and it was made in Bucks County Pennsylvania. The bold Chippendale case together with the finely engraved silvered brass dial confirms the early attribution. This important clock is well known to us as we originally owned it many years ago and were actively involved in the conservation of the works, case, and the dial. It recently became available as part of the distribution of assets in a local estate and we re-acquired it. This is a clock that we know very well and are very pleased to add it to our inventory. It is also documented in “Pennsylvania Clockmakers, Watchmakers, and Allied Craftsmen” by James Whisker on page 169. The cherry case broken arch scrolls over a flat molding with dentil work, carved rosettes and pineapple finial. The brass “sheet” dial is finely engraved and signed by the maker. Eight day brass striking movement with sweep seconds and moon phase. Fluted columns flank the shaped waist door and the applied base panel all resting on applied ogee bracket feet. The height of the clock is eight feet seven inches tall. Inside the case are 19th C. repair dates and inscriptions by Adolph Yuncker a prolific clock and watchmaker in this area. The works have been completely serviced and the case has been cleaned and tightened.