This primitive tall case clock with 30-hour wooden geared movement of Connecticut origin. Made circa 1810. AAA38

The case wood used in the construction is Bird’s-eye maple and the secondary wood is white pine. The bird’s-eye maple has an unusual and very interesting grain pattern. It features numerous dots and checks that give the surfaces of the wood a textured appearance that is interesting. This case features wonderfully figured panels and an older finish that has mellowed over time. This compliments this grain pattern. The design or the form of this case suggests that it was locally made by a cabinetmaker who was unfamiliar with the construction process of assembling a tall clock case. This may add to the rustic charm of this example?

The case is elevated off the floor on an applied bracket. The four feet are nicely formed. A drop pendants in centered in the design. The next section is long and narrow. A simple rectangular shaped waist door is fitted into the middle of this section and opens to access the interior of the case. Inside the case one will find a pendulum and the two weights that drive the movement. The hood or bonnet is defined by an applied molding. The hood is not removable. The works are access through the front arched door or by one of the two small doors located at either side of the hood. At the top of the case is a large and boldly formatted cornice molding. This exhibits a deep overhang that is in keeping with the depth of the lower molding. A combination of forces have moved of shifted this molding over time. This is true of many of the wooden elements of the case. Adding to its country / rustic charm. The bonnet door is simply constructed and conforms to the arched shape of the dial.

This wooden dial is nicely paint decorated. It displays the time in a traditional format. The hours are displayed in large Arabic style numerals and Arabic quarter hour markers are positioned in the appropriate locations on the perimeter of the time ring. A subsidiary seconds dial is also included in the display. Thin steel hands are used to indicate the time. The colorful decorations in the spandrel areas have faded somewhat over the years. This is also true of the floral themes depicted in the arch. The present coloring actually matches the case coloring very well.

The wooden geared movement features the construction one expects from the Connecticut School of clockmaking, most likely the Waterbury area. These types of wooden geared movements are designed to run 30-hours on a full wind and strike the hour on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement on an iron bell. This movement is constructed with two large oak wood plates. The back plate is longer than the front plate. The extra length allows it to be secured to the back side of the seat-board. Two turned posts support the top of the plates. The wooden gearing is fitted between the plates. The winding drums are not divided. The count-wheel is mounted on the back of the movement.

This fine clock was made circa 1810.

The overall height of this example measures approximately 83 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 13 inches deep.



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