A rare South Eastern Massachusetts patent time piece, attributed to Reuben Tower, Hingham, circa 1830.
Height overall: 32.625. inches
This example with round mahogany frames, features a lower glass decorated with a bucolic scene of a shepherdess leading sheep through a gate. Patent time pieces of this form are rare from this region and exhibit a number of distinguishing characteristics. Most easily noticed are the distinct side arms with rectangular bar dividers. A similar example can be found in Paul Foley's "Willard's Patent Time Pieces", page 85.
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