Daniel Pratt reverse ogee and splat clock
Daniel Pratt reverse ogee and splat clock with mirrored tablet

This Daniel Pratt Jr. reverse Ogee shelf clock was made in Reading, Massachusetts, c. 1832-38. It has a splat-top mahogany case with half (?) reverse Ogee moldings flanking the door, painted wooden Roman numeral dial and mirrored lower tablet.

Clocks, manufactured and warranted by Daniel Pratt Jr
Clocks, manufactured and warranted by Daniel Pratt Jr

The label inside states in part.

Clocks manufactured and warranted by Daniel Pratt Jr. Reading Mass, U.S. Sold in any quantities on reasonable terms

The label is a ink drawing of a clock merchants shop and is printed by Dickinson and Co. 52 Washington St. Boston.

Wooden movement, time and strike
Wooden movement, time and strike
Wooden Roman numeral dial
Wooden Roman numeral dial with missing grommet on right arbor hole

Daniel Pratt (1797-1871), Jr., clock-maker, banker, town clerk, legislator, lived in the town of Reading, Massachusetts, in the 1800s. Reading is a suburb twelve miles north of Boston. Pratt did not contribute much to clock-making and was regarded as an entrepreneur rather than an innovator. He made wooden movements in his plant, as well as wooden cases. The clocks they sold during the 1832-35 period were typically wooden movement, weight driven, 30 hour, wood-cased, “looking glass” shelf clocks.

This Pratt clock measures 28 inches high, 14 3/4 inches wide, and has a depth of 5 inches. It is covered with mahogany veneer over pine. The square dial is of painted wood, 9 inches wide by 8 1/2 inches tall, with Roman numerals with floral spandrels. The dial is in good condition for the age of the clock. This clock was produced during the heyday of wood movements which were eventually phased out when cheaper but more reliable brass movements were introduced after 1839.

The memory of this successful man is continued by the quiet, even beat of his many clocks which have survived to this day — truly a great honour indeed.