Joseph Nye Dunning, Burlington VT Mahogany Serpentine Front Tavern Clock C. 1830’s

J. N. Dunning

New England Mahogany Tavern  Clock by J. N. Dunning (1793 – 1841), Burlington, Vermont, c. 1830.   The oversized head with  turned and glazed wooden bezel, 16 in. diameter painted iron dial with Roman numerals and signed J. N. Dunning, removable waist section, ogee-shaped hinged lower box door, lower molded pediment, eight-day brass, timepiece movement with brass-faced pendulum and lead weight, ht. 36 in.

Dunning had an extensive career as a clockmaker and silversmith at work in Concord MA with Lemuel Curtis C. 1813 – 1820 as “Curtis & Dunning.”  Then in 1821 they moved to Burlington VT and continued the partnership until 1832.  Dunning created a number of “unique designs” for wall clocks and commercial regulators, and this example is one of the nicer examples.   Condition: An original clock with desirable old, dry finish, repairs to the hands and conservation to the dial. Movement professionally overhauled, runs strong and keeps excellent time.

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