Works signed by Jonathan Jessup (1771-1857), York Town (Pennsylvania)
Case attributed to Guilford County, NC
Inscribed: Made for Barzillai and Jemima Garner
Walnut, yellow pine
H: 94”; W: 20.5”; D: 10.5”
This tall case clock has an interesting history with strong associations with the Quakers and the Moravians. The works were made by Quaker master clockmaker Jonathan Jessup of York PA. The case was made hundreds of miles away by an unknown Moravian cabinetmaker in Guilford County, North Carolina. The story of the clock made for fellow Quakers Barzillai and Jemima Gardner is threaded together by the journey of their son, Barzillai, Jr., a Jessop apprentice who travelled from North Carolina to York and returned to North Carolina before his apprenticeship is completed. Barzillai Jr received a certificate for removal from New Garden Monthly Meeting in 1794 to move to York. It is likely that the father, Barzillai delivered his son to become an apprentice in Jessop’s shop and brought home the clock works for which a local case was made.