Identification and Creation
Object Number
HUCL.3
People
Benjamin Bagnall, American (England 1689 - 1773 Boston, MA)
Case made by Thomas Johnson (1708 - 1767)
Title
Tall Case Clock
Classification
Timepieces
Work Type
clock
Date
c. 1750
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/305485
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pine case, originally decorated with a japanned finish
Dimensions
234.7 x 51.2 x 25.7 cm (92 3/8 x 20 3/16 x 10 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: dial: Benjn. Bagnall (script) /Boston. (italic caps)
  • inscription: Inside case (encapsulated in mylar): "At the Golden Lyon in Ann Street Near the Town Dock BOSTON"
  • label: on inside door: in script "Benjamin Bagnall: 1689 -1773/ Probably Boston's first authenticated/ clockmaker. Born in England/ Formerly believed to have learned his trade/ there and to Boston ca. 1710/ Now thought to have come to Phila./ 1st. There learned from Peter Stretch and / then to Boston./ Married Elisabeth Shove 1712/ 7 children."
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Clock Collection, Gift of Mrs. Spaulding in 1939
Object Number
HUCL.3
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

The Art of Time:Clocks,Watches and other Time Keeping Devices from the Harvard Collections, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/30/1993 - 01/30/1994

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