A country case tall clock of New Hampshire origin.
This is a fine mixed woods case comprising of birch, bird’s-eye maple and pine. This clock exhibits very nice New England proportions.
The case stands on cutout bracket feet. The waist section is fitted with a long rectangular door. This door is veneered in bird’s-eye maple. The graining is distinctive. Fluted waist quarter columns which terminate in brass quarter capitals flank the sides of the case. The bonnet is surmounted with a traditional New England fretwork form. Three brass ball and spike finials are mounted on the plinths. Fluted bonnet columns flank the door. The dial is colorfully painted. The art work is of Boston manufacture. This dial was most likely painted in Boston by Spencer Nolen. In the arch of this dial is an urn that is colorfully decorated. The four spandrel areas feature depiction’s of fruity. All of these designs are eblished with raised gesso work that is guilded. The time ring is formatted with Roman numerals. The quarter hours are marked in Arabic numerals. The eight-day movement is brass. It is designed to strike the hour on a cast iron bell. It is good quality.
This is a popular case form. We have owned many clock cases which share similar design characteristics. Some of which have been signed examples. The names that we see include, James Cole, and John Cross of Rochester, New Hampshire.
This clock was made circa 1815.
Dimensions: This clock stands approximately 7 feet 8 inches or 92 inches tall to the top of the brass finial. It is approximately 20.25 inches wide and 10.75 inches deep at the upper hood or bonnet molding.
This clock is inventory No. 211042.
About James Cole of Rochester, New Hampshire.
James Charles Cole was born in Boston in 1791 and died in Rochester, NH in 1867. At an early age, James traveled from Boston to Rochester to learn the trade of clockmaking with Edward S. Moulton. Moulton is listed as moving from Rochester to Saco, Maine in 1813. In Rochester, James married Betsey Nutter, daughter of John D. Nutter and Hannah Dennett. Betsey Nutter was born on 27 Mar 1802 in Barnstead, NH. Her younger brother John learned clockmaking in Rochester as well. James father two sons and three daughters and became a prominent citizen. As well as manufacturing many clocks, James was an active silversmith and repaired watches and jewelry. He was very active in town affairs serving on a committee to build a new church, he was a trustee of a local savings bank, he served a ten year term as the secretary to the Masonic lodge, he served 13 years as town clerk and two years in the State legislature. We have owned numerous examples of tall case clocks, banjo clocks and New Hampshire mirror clocks with his signature on the dial. Based on the large numbers we have seen and owned, James Cole must have been a successful clockmaker.
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