CORNICE AND COLUMN EIGHT-DAY MANTLE CLOCK BY DANIEL PRATT, JR.-BOSTON
Daniel Pratt, Jr. was born in 1797 and died in 1871. He was a clockmaker in Reading, Massachusetts (near Boston). After 1849. his clocks used brass movements that were probably made in Connecticut. Pratt's Boston store address was 49 Union Street which is listed on the paper label inside this clock case (see photograph). The label retains a lithographed print showing the inside of Pratt's clock manufacturing works. This very nice example of his work has a reverse painting on the lower door glass that shows the old MERCHANTS EXCHANGE building in PHILADELPHIA. The painting has evidence of age, but may not be original to this case. That building was popular with clockmakers who often chose it for their better quality mantle clocks. There is an alarm mechanism inside the case and the strap brass eight-day, weight powered mechanism has been recently cleaned and serviced (see photograph) for good running order. Most antique clocks that we find have dirty, corroded and often defective movements. Ours are completely disassembled and hand cleaned and serviced before offering them for sale. This one will look very handsome on any mantle or shelf in the next owner's home.