John Hunt oversize sharp gothic with wagon-spring movement,ca. 1850? All indications are that this is the only example of this model with a wagon-spring movement. I cannot find much information on John Hunt, who was a cabinetmaker working out of Farmington and Plainville, CT; Clockmakers & Watchmakers of America have him working from 1830-1840, but the patent date on the Boardman movement in this clock is 1847. Itís possible that this is a replacement movement (there are some filled and unfilled holes in the backboard), but it is probably more likely that Hunt was making clocks as late as 1850. The unusual 30-inch OG case is veneered in flame mahogany with some well-done repairs; the door frame has a reverse-OG form. Both glasses are old; the dial glass is likely original, the tablet of The Old State House in Boston is a repaint. The dial has also been repainted, the hands are period/correct. The 30-hour, time-and-strike movement was made by Chauncey Boardman; it is running and striking on a wire gong, powered by the small wagon-spring movement. There is a good green label behind the wagon-spring, with some losses. There is one auction sale record for a John Hunt oversize steeple; it had a standard 8-day spring-driven movement and sold at R.O. Schmitt in 2014 for $6500. $7500-$10,000.
George Goolsby has informed me of a sale of this model with a wagon-spring movement at Skinner's in 2015 for $7995.
Antique American Clocks January 2023