Aaron Miller Elizabethtown New Jersey Circa 1750
Newspaper Advertisement appeared in the New York Gazette on November 16,
On Page 386 of the
History of Elizabeth by Edwin Francis Hatfield
On Page 400 of the
History of Elizabeth by Edwin Francis Hatfield,
Circa 1750 Early Queen Anne New Jersey Tall Case clock
with overall dimensions of 83 X 20 1/2 X 11 inches made by Aaron Miller
of Elizabeth Town. This important clock was formerly owned
by Kels Swan of Bound Brook NJ and documented in Clocks & Watches of New
Jersey by William Drost published in 1966. I knew Mr. Swan
personally, as he frequented my home and shop on a number of occasions
as we shared a common interest in Early New Jersey Crafts and Craftsmen.
There is a typed note attached to the backboard of the clock that was
written by Kels Swan that documents the clock as well as the history of
ownership. Last winter I was contacted by the former
owner of this important clock notifying me that they were considering
selling the piece and would I be interested in it.
This clock not only represented a chance to acquire one of Aaron
Miller's earliest clocks, but a unique opportunity to own an item from
the personal collection of one of New Jersey's most prominent
historians. As you may imagine, this was not a
difficult decision for us to go ahead and acquire the clock.
For many years, H. Kels Swan presided personally over his
collection at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey.
It's here where General Washington and his ragtag band of heroes turned the tide
of a mighty struggle and took the offensive against an awesome force. And it's
the location of the Swan Historical Foundation's NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE
The flat top cherry case with
bold crown molding, arched bonnet door flanked by two attached block and
turned columns opening to a early brass dial with applied spandrels,
chapter ring, seconds bit, date register, and engraved name boss in the
arch signed Aaron Miller. The glass in
the bonnet door is original. The works behind the dial are
very identifiable to Aaron Miller with wood winding drums, steel
pillars, count wheel strike train, and oversized resonant bell.
This is clearly one of Miller's earliest movements and predates the
Revolutionary War having full rectangular plates as compared with later
examples configures with large circular cutouts in the lower sections.
The waist section with tombstone shaped door and cast brass strap hinges
are consistent with the period of the case. The base with
two tiered step moldings all rests on a flat bottom board as this style
case never had feet. The clock retains it's original
weights, pendulum, and winding crank.
The clock is available for sale
and may be viewed in Cranbury NJ.