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Simon Willard banjo clock

Banjo Clock The Simon Willard banjo clock, which hangs in the library, is unique not only for its design and creation by the famed clockwright, but also because of its long history of ownership by the Phillips family. Stephen Willard Phillips chronicled the clock’s history with a series of note cards, nestled in the regulator case. They state:
“This clock made by Simon Willard very early in the nineteenth century was bought by Capt Stephen Phillips when he was furnishing his new house 17 Chestnut St. in 1805 and hung in his dining room where it remained for over a century till the death of his grand daughter Jane Peele Phillips when it came to me and I took it to my house today. Jan. 31 1911. Stephen Willard Phillips”

“Clock put in order by Bond and Co of Boston Oct. 1912 and moved to new home 34 Chestnut St and hung in my library. Stephen W. Phillips. Nov. 1912.

“Taken down during the Great Salem Fire. June 1914, to be ready to rescue.” 

Model A Ford

Model A FordWhen Stephen Phillips graduated from Harvard in 1929, he and four friends took a road trip from Vancouver to Colorado. The boys lived out of Hosmer Norris’ 1929 Model A Ford. Stephen and his wife Betty purchased this 1929 Model A Ford in 1942 and it was likely used for pleasure drives with the family.



Stephen Goodhue Wheatland dinner service

Wheatland porcelainAnna Pingree (Wheatland) Phillips inherited her family’s rose medallion dinner service upon her father’s death in 1892. The service was likely custom painted for the Wheatland family c. 1870. The medallion contains the initials "SGW" and pictures sections that alternate between people scenes and floral designs. Anna and Stephen Willard used this service on special occasions and used both their Canton and Limoges services for everyday meals and entertaining.


Walker and Pratt stove

Walker and Pratt stoveThe Walker and Pratt stove was installed in 34 Chestnut Street’s kitchen ell c. 1880. The stove was used until Stephen Willard Phillips’ death in 1955. The unit is encased in a brick wall and features a warming oven, two roasting ovens, and six burners. Other objects in the Phillips kitchen were made for use on the coal stove, such as cast iron pots that fit into the burner when their covers were removed.

Herman Dudley Murphy, "Venice"

VeniceAnna Phillips inherited a large collection of furnishings, jewelry, and art upon her aunt Anna Peabody’s death in 1911. Many of these pieces graced the rooms at 34 Chestnut Street. The Phillips collection contains a number of works by Herman Dudley Murphy, a locally born artist, known not only for his work in Impressionism, but also his hand-carved frames that accentuate his paintings.

Collections on Display