Original Lock, nails and screws...

             Original Tin Can Weights

this is an early dial without false plate

Polished and blued hands...

Nicely restored movement, Arched plate, polished....Just look at the lifting levers and count rack...and it's 205 years old...

Beautiful Signature


Should you have any interest in this fine work of art please don't hesitate to contact me....

This is such a beautiful "High Style" tall clock

 The case is constructed of flamed and straight grained mahogany. A well proportioned case which sits on straight bracket feet which is topped by a thin mahogany molding. The base is flamed mahogany surrounded by straight grained mahogany veneer. The waist is of straight grained mahogany, smooth turned quarter columns with brass capitals and birds eye maple veneer. The waist door is solid mahogany with birds eye maple veneer surround by straight grained mahogany. The lock is original with key. The bonnet is of the arched type, with smooth columns and brass capitals, beautiful fanned pierced fret work with three brass ball spiked finials that sit atop three smooth plinths and two rectanguler site glasses to view the movement.  The beautiful hand painted dial is original and is signed F. Wingate, Augusta, Maine, No. 264. It features a hot dog calender, original blued hands and second bit.The movement is a brass, arched plate, 8 day, time and strike with a brass faced pendulum and steel rod. It is powered by 2 tin can weights...

Frederick B. Wingate was born in Haverhill Massachusetts,on January 11, 1782. He moved to Augusta Maine in 1804. He was a clockmaker and set up his clockmaking business in a small building which stood opposite the lot on which the Franklin House was afterwards built. The first clock he sold was purchased by Ezekiel Page. Mr. Page had

not had a clock before and neither had anyone else in his family. The story goes that as part of the purchase, Frederick promised that he would call weekly at the Page house to wind and  care for the clock, until someone in the family had learned how to take care of it. The offer was accepted. The clock now made and set up was visited weekly. The young clockmaker looked forward to the weekly visits. It seems that it was not the clock he was interested in, but Mr. Pages daughter, Hanna, whom he was teaching to care for the clock. They were married January 12, 1806, in Augusta. Wingate is supposed to have said that his first bargain was the best he ever made. He had seven Children. He died in Augusta, November 16, 1864. He was known for and to have made tall clocks and New Hampshire style mirror clocks. There is an example of the latter at Old Sturbridge Village. This was a talented and intelegent clockmaker. He also, early on had an apprentice, his name was Benjamin Swan, who had followed him from Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Augusta. Swan also became another well known clockmaker. It is not known to whom Frederick had learned his clockmaking from. He had an older brother Paine, who was also a clockmaker and we could assume he may have learned his craft from him....

      Frederick wingate


           maine ca.1810