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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jabez C. Baldwin, 1778–1819
Artist Ornament painted by: Willard and Nolen, American, 1805–1809

Wall Clock


Mahogany, white pine

45 1/4 × 11 5/8 × 3 3/4 in. (114.9 × 29.5 × 9.5 cm)
other (Dial): 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
other (Movement): 4 3/8 × 2 3/4 × 1 5/8 in. (11.1 × 7 × 4.2 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
During the last part of the eighteenth century, a variety of smaller wall and shelf clocks were invented that challenged the supremacy of the more expensive tall clock. Wall clocks of the banjo type (known in the period as a “patent timepiece”) were developed by Simon Willard around 1795. This example follows Willard’s invention and bears the name of the Salem silversmith and clockmaker Jabez Baldwin.
Made in Salem, Massachusetts
On view
19th century

Henry V. Weil, New York; Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Edwin A. Battison and Patricia E. Kane, The American Clock, 1725–1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 194–195, no. 45, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 93, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.