Thomas Parker Philadelphia Fusee Bracket Clock C. 1790

Thomas Parker, Philadelphia

Thomas Parker Philadelphia Bracket Clock, Israel Sack Collection: There are very few American Bracket Clocks with signed, engraved back plates.  Thomas Parker (1761- 1833) was a prolific clock & watchmaker at work in Philadelphia at 13 S. 3rd. St.  Parker served apprenticeships with the renowned Dr. David Rittenhouse and John Wood.  From 1814- 1830 Parker served as the President of the Mechanic’s Bank.  He also was responsible for the care and maintenance of the State House clock.

The twin fusee eight day works engraved by Thomas Parker, late 18th century, mahogany case, pagoda form top with brass handle and finials, brass bracket feet, painted metal dial with foliate spandrels, subsidiary dial with “strike” in arch,
escapement with hour drop hammer strike on a bell at the top of the movement and hour repeater string on the side of the case,
scrolled floral engraved brass back plate and signed “Thos. Parker/Philadelphia”, with pendulum and key. The mahogany case measures 20″ tall to the top of the brass handle, 10 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches deep. The locally painted PA folk art iron dial measures 9 1/2 X 7 inches with a 6 inch time track and 1/2 inch numerals.

Israel Sack, Inc.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, Vol. IX
, pp. 2525. Washington D.C.: Highland House, 1957.

Provenance:Israel Sack, Inc.; Sotheby’s New York, January 20, 2002, lot 1199