Brother Thomas Corbett
additional information and pictures.
Engraved brass dial.
Often the clockmakers in the 18th and early 19th century would "silver"
the brass dials to increase the contrast with the black numerals and minute slashes.
The process involves applying an extremely thin lawyer of silver chloride to the dial but through the years the silver
often disappears leaving only the brass visible.
The silver however is still present on the dial and the photographs will often appear silver.
Note the Canterbury Shakers were selling a Thomas Corbett clock in 1884
It is estimated that Thomas Corbett worked as the "Community clockmaker" from "sometime after 1795" to possibly 1822.
It is likely that this is the clock offered in the 1884 Manifesto.
This is a repair tag from the interior of the door.
Note the clock was repaired on April 7, 1899 in Concord, NH which is
less than 20 miles from the Canterbury, NH Shaker village.
Brother Corbett was not only the clockmaker he wore many hats in the community.
"In 1813 at the age of thirty-three Thomas was appointed by the Ministry to qualify himself as a physician.
By study and effort Brother Thomas became a good physician, helped much by the good offices and information received from Dr. R. P. Tenny of Pittsfield, NH and gradually became well known in the area" Marguerite Frost, Sister Canterbury, NH
The first Clockmaker, John Winkley, was a founding member of the Canterbury community. Sometime after his departure in 1795, , the Shakers' skilled young physician and mechanic, Thomas Corbett, became the village clockmaker. In time the Shakers abandoned the clock industry altogether, purchasing clocks from highly talented clockmakers in Concord, NH. Scott T. Swank, Director Shaker Village
Shaker clocks by Brother Thomas Corbett are rare.
This clock has an 8 day brass time and strike movement with a scarce alarm.
The dial is engraved brass that was "silvered"
The case is made of cherry and stands 85 inches tall.
The finish is old and crackled.
The price is SOLD
This may be the only surviving Brother Thomas Corbett clock.
We cannot locate another example in any public or private collection.
Member of New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (1966)