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Clocks - Vermont Coffin Clock

Clocks - Vermont Coffin Clock

Antique Vermont Coffin Clock

HISTORY

This coffin clock, sometimes referred to as a box clock, is a scaled down copy of an antique clock. The original was built by Levi Pitkin of Vermont around 1800. It was very large – over 45 inches high – had an eight-day, weight-driven movement and a hand-painted, wooden dial face.

This clock has the same proportions but is scaled down to 24 inches high for the smaller homes of today. This version uses a modern quartz movement with a 16 inch long pendulum. The clock is nothing more than a simple box with a lid.


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Clocks - Shaker Wall Clock

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Shaker Wall Clock, circa 1840

HISTORY

A religious sect who started in England around 1706 and became known as Shakers due to their quivering and shaking during their meetings, believed their furniture was originally designed in heaven. Thus, they tried to make their furniture perfect and free from blemishes.

By 1840 there were about twenty colonies in the United States. Shakers became well known for their fine furniture and products. The Shaker elders were allowed to carry timepieces, but for everyone else such watches were considered an indulgence. Clocks however, were indispensable and did not have the restrictions watches had.

There were only a few clock makers and one of the most famous was Isaac Benjamin Youngs (1793-1865). Although Isaac built tall case clocks, his most well known clock is this relatively small wall clock. Isaac Youngs was not afraid to experiment and to try innovative ideas. This clock is a copy of a clock Isaac Youngs completed in May 1840 when he was 47.

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