Lighthouse Clock

A work made of white pine, mahogany veneer, enamel, brass, and gilt and silver mounts.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of white pine, mahogany veneer, enamel, brass, and gilt and silver mounts.

Date:

1825/30

Artist:

Simon Willard and Sons
American, 1753–1848
Roxbury, Massachusetts

About this artwork

In 1819 Simon Willard applied for and received a patent for the first American alarm clock. He intended for the clocks to be portable so that one could use them around the house or while traveling. Patented by Willard under the name “alarm timepiece,” clocks like this one are now referred to as lighthouse clocks for their marked similarity to the Eddystone lighthouse in the English Channel off Plymouth, England. This particular clock descended in the family of Simon Willard’s brother Aaron.

On View

American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Simon Willard and Sons

Title

Lighthouse Clock

Origin

Roxbury

Date

1825–1830

Medium

White pine, mahogany veneer, enamel, brass, and gilt and silver mounts

Dimensions

74.9 × 26 cm (29 1/2 × 10 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1997.451

Extended information about this artwork

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