Depth 10 1/2"
As boy, Timothy was apprenticed to a wool card maker, becoming a
master by 1783. Soon after he moved to Concord N.H., where he learned the
trade of clock making. Around 1800 he built a factory in Concord , hiring
a number of clockmakers and apprentices. Although he was very talented as
a clockmaker, his cases were not quite as sophisticated as those of Simon
Willard. Being in New Hampshire in the late 1700's-early 1800's his work
was a bit rustic as compared to the cosmopolitan Boston area. Still, you
still had to be well off to purchase one. It wasn't until the second
decade of the eighteenth century before clocks were cheap enough for the
average American to buy. In 1800, a tallcase clock was often the most
valuable item found in a house.
The case that Robert Materne makes is made of two woods, curly maple
and pine. Again, the methods and materials are true to the period. The
movement is handmade in Pennsylvania. Dials are the same choices as found
on the Willard Tallcase.