Offered by: Kelly Kinzle Antiques
P.O. Box 235 New Oxford, PA 17350 , United States Call Seller 717.495.3395


Wilmington, Delaware Tall Case Clock by Jacob Alrich

Price Upon Request
  • Description
    Signed: Jacob Alrich (1775-1857)
    8-day movement with moon dial.
    Case attributed to John Erwin (1727-1797) or James Erwin (w. 1797-1799)
    Circa 1795
    Mahogany, poplar
    H: 92”; W: 21”; D: 9”

    Jacob Alrichs (1775–1857), machinist and clockmaker, was a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, who learned the watchmaking business from his uncle Jonas Alrichs. After the latter’s death in 1802, Alrichs took over the family jewelry concern and began a machine business in a short-lived partnership with Samuel McClary. By 1810 Alrichs formed a partnership with machinist Isaac Dixon that manufactured cotton machines under the name of Alrichs & Dixon. In 1820 one of Alrichs’s firms supplied the Wilmington fire department with its first engine. He was active in Wilmington’s civic life, serving as a director of the Spring Water Company (1803), assistant burgess (1805), city councillor (1810–23), director of the Bank of Wilmington and Brandywine (1815), and state senator (1830). Alrichs was a member of the Abolition Society of Delaware, attended a national antislavery conference in Philadelphia in 1806, and belonged to the African School Society. In 1841 he was appointed deputy postmaster at Wilmington, and four years later he patented a door latch. He was buried in the Friends Burial Grounds in Wilmington.

    Nice example from a rare maker.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 18th Century
    Creation Date: 1795
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 640171
  • Dimensions
    W. 21 in; H. 92 in; D. 9 in;
    W. 53.34 cm; H. 233.68 cm; D. 22.86 cm;
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