Item/Auction Attributes

William Young (Staunton, VA, active 1806-1839).
Circa 1810.
Very good overall condition with minor scattered wear. Very minor crazing and discoloration to dial. Small losses to applied moldings, narrow replaced strip to proper right side of upper back board, small patch to lower corner of door lip. Finials and plinths are a later addition (appears to have been originally fitted with only a finial on each corner). Brass hinges possibly replaced, Unknown working condition.
90 1/2" HOA (to top of center finial).
Provenance: The Important Americana Collection of Barbara M. and the late Charlie Hunter, Staunton, VA.
Catalogue Note: William Young (1783-1860) was born into a family of clockmakers. His father, Jacob Young (1753-1792), was a clockmaker and silversmith who worked in Hagerstown, Maryland. Jacob died in 1792 when William was only nine years old. Interestingly, Jacob's estate was appraised by George Woltz, another noted Hagerstown clockmaker. In the wake of his father's death, William was apprenticed at an early age to clockmaker and silversmith, John Reynolds, with whom he worked in Hagerstown from 1795 to 1804. After the completion of his term, William headed south, seeking to establish his own business. By 1807, William Young is recorded in Staunton, Virginia, where he advertised as a clock and watchmaker. Successful in his new ventures, Young prospered in the growing crossroads town of Staunton and was able to purchase numerous tracts of real estate over the course of his three-decade career. To our knowledge, this is the only known signed William Young clock. What's more, the case for the present clock - overtly New England in nature - is undoubtedly the product of a Staunton, VA cabinetmaker mimicking a style not usually encountered in Shenandoah Valley clocks. There is another example of this style case in a private collection that houses a signed William Huston, Staunton brass-dial works - it descended directly in a prominent Staunton family. The appearance of this distinctive Roxbury-style case in Staunton is certainly the result of the late 18th-century influx of New England cabinetmakers, such as Gideon Morgan from Connecticut, into the area. Research is ongoing. Shipping Note: IN-HOUSE SHIPPING IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS LOT. Please contact our local UPS store store6595@theupsstore.com for information on shipping or see our website for a list of third-party shippers https://jeffreysevans.com/buying/pick-up-and-delivery.
Literature: See Hollan - Virginia Silversmiths, pp. 847-849, for a discussion of William Young.