1751 - 1821

Tall Case Clock

Date: ca. 1775 - 1783

Goldsmith Chandlee came by his skills naturally; his great-grandfather Abel Cottey was one of the first clockmakers in Philadelphia. His grandfather and father—Benjamin Chandlee and Benjamin Chandlee Jr.—were clockmakers, too. Goldsmith Chandlee was born in Maryland, and learned the trade from his father. He moved to Stephensburg in 1775, and worked with silversmith William Richardson. Chandlee made this clock during that time, so it is one of his earliest clocks. He made both the works and the face, which he surrounded with brass brackets that were cast in sand.

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Medium: Walnut, Brass, Iron

Inscriptions: Marked “G. Chandlee-Stephensburg

Dimensions: H: 84 1/2 W: 18 1/2 D: 11 in.

Place: Stephensburg (now Stephens City), Virginia

Accession: 2004.0008

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Clock

Purchased in 2004.