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Maker(s):Parker, Isaac (possibly)
Culture:American (1749-1805)
Date Made:1790-1810
Type:Timekeeping Device; Furniture
Materials:wood: pine, maple, oak, hickory?, cherry?; paint, base metal: brass, pewter?, wire
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield?
Accession Number:  HD 71.112
Credit Line:Gift of L.B. Winton
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

"Wag-on-the-Wall" clock with wooden clock parts and inscribed on the back "IP" in script, and "LXX" on the top batten of the dial and "B70" and "A[?]70" on the plates, which the donor bought from George C Flynt of Munson, Massachusetts, the father of Henry N. Flynt in 1926, who said that the clock was made in Massachusetts. He showed the donor a similar clock made by A. Edwards of Ashby, Massachusetts, who worked form 1792-1840. The donor attributed this clock to Isaac Parker (1749-1805), a silversmith in Deerfield. Isaac Parker was the son of John Parker (1725-1765), a potter of Charlestown, Massachusetts, and Abigail Goodwin Center (1725-1789), and nephew of Boston goldsmith Daniel Parker (1726-1785). Isaac Parker probably apprenticed with his uncle by marriage, Boston jeweller John Welsh (1730-1812), from 1763-1770. In 1776, he married Deborah Williams (1753-1838), the daughter of Samuel Williams (1711-1786), a yeoman and Abigail May (ca. 1721-1793) of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and served twice during the Revolutionary War, once under Colonel Williams and once under Col. Elisha Porter. According to George Sheldon, Isaac first came to Deerfield in 1774, but this has not yet been confirmed; however, Isaac and his family were in Deerfield by 1778 when his eldest son Isaac was born. Records of his work appear in the account books of his Deerfield neighbor, the hatter Justin Htichcock (1752-1822); between 1778-1785, the two sold each other a number of goods ranging from silver and silver repaits to Parker's sale to Hitchcock of West Indies rum. Between 1783-1789, Parker conducted seven land transactions in Deerfield, and in all but one, Parker was listed as a jeweler. By 1789, Parker and his family returned to Boston where a deed of that year identified him as a Boston trader; he was listed in the Boston directories from 1798-1805 as a merchant. His probate record of 1805 listed no silversmithing or jewlery tools from his earlier carrer. Little evidence of Parker's silversmithing survive. Yale University Art Gallery has a silver teaspoon with a touchmark with his first initial and surname, "I*PARKER" in a rectangle; PVMA has a spoon with a second touchmark with the initials, "I*P" in a rectangle, which came from the Caitlin family of Deerfield and Shelburne, Massachusetts and which Kane tentatively attributes to Parker.

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