Jacob Sargeant was born in Mansfield, Connecticut in 1761. He was a clock maker, watch maker, jeweler, and silver and goldsmith. Sargeant is most known for his clocks that he made early in his career. He also retailed watches and clocks, including Willard's "Patent Timepieces", today known as banjo clocks.

Sargeant's working dates are 1784 to 1786 in Mansfield, Massachusetts; 1786 to 1795 in Springfield, Massachusetts; and from 1795 to 1843 in Hartford, Connecticut. He employed his younger brother, Thomas in the Springfield business and Thomas continued at that location when Jacob relocated to Hartford in 1795. Other apprentices may have included Charles Brewer, Nathan Storrs, Henry and John Owen and Walter Pitkin (Hohmann, 353). 

Jacob Sargeant worked in Hartford, "at the Sign of the Golden Watch". Interestingly, he taught Henry and James Pitkin watchmaking from 1825 to 1832. The Pitkin brothers would go on to be the first in America to attempt to make movements by machine, producing about 1,000 movements from 1837 to 1841. 
Jacob Sargeant
Jacob Sargeant

Jacob Sargeant
Hartford, Conn.
Description: Fusee movement with a verge escapement, round pillars and pierced balance table. The movement is engraved "Jacob Sargeant Hartford No 72". White replaced enamel dial with gold hands. The outer and inner silver pair cases match and have London assay date marks for 1801 and case maker "IT" with a pellet between likely for John Taylor of London. Watch paper by George Solliday located within the watch case.

Jacob Sargeant


References and recommended reading:
  • Frank Hohmann III, Timeless, Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks, Hohmann Holdings LLC, New York, 2009, p.352-353