Fabulous Signed "John Fessler * Frederick Town" Maryland Chippendale Tall Case Clock in Solid Cherry with Historic "Joseph Chapline Jr. Family" Provenance !!!
Background History ; Joseph Chapline Senior (born 1707 died July 9, 1768 ) was the first to settle in the Washington County,Md. area circa 1740 after his Official Support in the French & Indian War. He gained more Lands and Founded the town of "SharpsBurgh,Md." on July 9th,1763.
Joseph Chapline Junior was also a confidant of President George Washington's quest to purchase nearby Lands in 1790 for the proposed new Capitol City Site, after the American Revolution. Joseph jr. owned the First Stone Home in Sharpsburgh,Md. and also carried out the Selling of the Town Lots after his father's passing.
CLOCK OWNERSHIP ; Captain Joseph Chapline Jr. and the following 5 Generations of owners have been Verified by Family Names and correct Dates, and are listed inside the clock on the backboard paper.
Joseph Chapline Jr. (born in 1746 * died Aug. 31,1821) Born at his father's “Mt. Pleasant" Estate. After his father’s death he took over the development of the town, and built the town's first stone house in 1769 at 229 W. Chapline St.Sharpsburg,Md. In 1770 he married Mary Ann Christian Abigail Ferguson, of Frederick Towne. Like his father before him he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Frederick County. When the American Revolution started he was appointed Captain and organized a group of volunteers called “The Sharpsburg Select Militia”. Joseph and Mary Ann Chapline did not have any children.
He died in 1821, and she then died in 1823.
Joseph Chapline (junior) a Revolutionary War Officer himself, reportedly purchased this Clock for his new "Mt. Airy Home on the Potomac" which was built between 1813 to 1815. Currently listed on the National Register of Historic Sites as the "Grove Farm Plantation" which was renamed after it's second owner Mr. John D. Grove. (Site is also later famous for it's Civil War Campsite Meeting between President Abraham Lincoln and General George B. McClellan in 1862) Where the "Battle of Antietam", or "Battle of Sharpsburg" as it was referred to by the Confederate Army, began at dawn on September 17, 1862.
Pasted paper provenance sheet inside the clock, can be Seen in the last photo as follows ;
Clock Purchased by Joseph Chapline Jr. and used in home "Mt. Airy on Potomac River at Sharpsburg, Maryland.---- (then descended)
To ; DR. J.J. Hays + Mary Fales Hay
To ; Julia Jones (Hays) Alvey + Judge R.H. Alvey
To ; Margaret (Alvey) Allen + J.A. Gream Allen
To ; John Chapline Allen + Martha Pate Allen
(Written in ink circa 1945 to 2011 since John Chapline Allen died in 1997 and wife "Martha Pate Allen" was the last listed family member that died in 2011)
Verified Provenace members as follows :
Joseph Chapline Jr. died in 1821 & his wife Mary Ann Chapline later died in 1823. They did not have any children.
DR. J.J. Hayes = John Jones Hayes which was John Chapline Jr's Nephew = 1st Ref. (plus gave lots of land in Sharpsburg, Washington County Md., to his nephew John Jones Hays in 1821) 2nd Refs. ; Physicians of Sharpsburg,Md. (Died July 1823) + wife was Mary Fales Hayes
Mrs. Julia Jones (Alvey) Hayes was Daughter of Dr. Joseph Chapline Hayes & Mary Fales Hayes who was married to Judge Alvey.
Mr. Richard Henry Alvey (1826 to 1906) and Theodoria Chapline Hayes (1760 to 1844) were the Parents of
Mary Fales Alvey Allen (1870 to 1895)
John Chapline Allen (Born 24 Oct 1909 in Darlington, Harford, Maryland, Died in 1997 ref. The Tampa Tribune, Florida pg.32 Obituary Sept.30,1997)
Son of Augustus Joseph Graeme Allen & Margaret (Unknown) Allen (Brother of Mary Alvey Allen, Richard Graeme Allen and Ruth Allen)
John Chapline Allen was survived by his wife Martha Pate Allen ; Born Apr.19th, 1925 / Died in Sharpsburg,Ga. Mar. 25, 2011.
(She was survived by a daughter in Winter Haven,FL.)
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After 2011 Non-Family irrelevant chain of ownership ; Purchased by a Florida Antique Dealer who Sold it at the Brimfield,Mass. Antique Show. A Texas antique dealer then purchased it, and took it home. Then after he retired he sold it at an NAWCC Regional Clock Show in Texas to a Pennsylvania Clock Dealer. Then I bought it from that Pa. Clock Dealer.
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History of Frederick,Maryland Clockmaker John Fessler (Sr.) ; [born 1757-died Nov. 7, 1820]
Was apprenticed as a Clockmaker in Lancaster,Pa. before he Enlisted in the Revolutionary War for Independence from 1777 until 1782.
After the War he opened his own Clock Shop in Frederick Town, Maryland in 1782 and worked to 1813 alone, until adding "& Son" from 1813 to 1820.
(His son, John Fessler junior, also made later Federal Case clocks after his father's death in 1820)
Signed "John Fessler * Frederick Town" Clocks ; John Fessler Senior was originally born in Switzerland and immigrated with his family as an infant, to Pennsylvania in 1760. He received his training as a clockmaker in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he also mustered into the Continental Army. From 1777-1782 he fought as a private in the Revolutionary Army. (Clock Making Career 1782-1820) After the War, Fessler settled in Frederick, married a local girl, Elizabeth Bach the same year and in 1783 he opened a Clock Making and Silversmithing business at the corner of West Patrick & Publick Streets. (now Court Street) His career spanned several decades and also included a later partnership with his son John (Junior) as “John Fessler & Son” starting in 1813. His clocks feature high quality cases with regional style .
Clock Case & Movement Description : Of all the John Fessler Sr. clock examples that I've examined in Auctions, Books, and in the Southern Museum of Decorative Arts, this is one of the Finest I've seen in a Rare & Desirable Cherry Case ! Starting at the top are Three Fabulous Spiral Flame Finials on Urn design, above well formed thick Swan Neck Broken Arches, with Hand Carved Rosettes and "Acanthus Leaves" on a central Scroll shaped Tympanum. Full Fluted Columns with Brass capitols flanking the front of the Broken Arch Door of the Hood. Deep Cove Molding leads down to the Waist with Fluted Quarter Columns, Finely Shaped top of Door imitates the Molded Base. Fluted Quarter Columns on Base over Ogee Feet & glue blocks with Molded Decorated Base Trim. Tombstone shaped Sound-Hole Panels on both sides of hood are cut-out quadrafoil patterns within the thin wood, and backed with cloth to help dust proof the interior. (normal fractures on both panels)
Movement : Original Brass 8 Day Time & Strike Movement. Original Dial has been Conserved and the Moon Dial has been Professional repainted, as seen in the close-up photos. (Comes with "Before & After" dial photos) Second Bits above the hand arbor, and Date Aperture below. Large Lantern Pinions and Dead-Beat Type Pallets over the Recoil Escape Gear. Fessler consistently used the "Iron Bell Stand" that protrudes through the Brass Suspension Bridge. Brass Movement Plates measure inches High by inches Wide, and inches in depth. Has a German style Rack & Snail Strike Mechanism. Has a Very Fine imported Paint Decorated Dial is Die Stamped "Osborn Manufactury Birmingham" on the thick False Plate, and backs of both the Calendar & Date wheels. Fessler also Spun incised Brass Columns to supports the False-Plate frame.
Case Measurements ; Overall Height is an impressive 102 inches from Feet to top of Flame Finials.
Top Bonnet is 24 inches Wide and 13 inches Deep at the Swan Neck Molding.
Base is 21 1/4 inches Wide, and 11 1/2 inches Deep at the Feet.
See Book Ref. : "Maryland Clockmakers"
Authors : James Biser Whisker & Daniel David Hartzler & Steven P. Petrucelli
Copyright (C) 1996 Printed by Adam Brown Company Inc. Cranberry, NJ.
18 John Fessler Clock examples seen on Pages : 140 through 159
See a similar Case & Flame Finials in Figure : # 80 on page 147
Historical Note ; Also known is a "John Fessler * Frederick Town" Tall Case Clock circa 1780's which was made for Maryland’s first Governor, Thomas Johnson, of “Rose Hill” circa 1800 in Frederick, later presented to the Government House by Governor and Mrs. Theodore McKeldin in 1959.
Price Point ref.; (2017)
One equally Fine Chippendale Example in a Walnut Case recently sold at public auction in New Orleans for $28,000.oo without any Family Provenance.
"John Fessler * Frederick Town" Maryland Chippendale Tall Case Clock in Cherrywood Case with Historic Sharpsburg, Md. Family Provenance !!!
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