Taber, Elnathan of Roxbury, Massachusetts
212117 Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts
This inlaid mahogany case stands on four ogee bracket feet that support a double stepped base molding. These moldings are applied to the bottom of the base. The base panel features a fine selection of mahogany wood that is laid out in a vertical pattern. The center of this panel displays an inset oval inlay that features an urn. The waist section of this case is long and narrow. It centers a rectangular shaped waist door that is fitted with an applied molding along it's outer edge. The mahogany veneer selected for this prominent location features a vertical pattern. The center of this door also displays and additional inlaid oval that features a second urn. This urn is displaying a floral pattern. The sides of this case are fitted with brass stop fluted quarter columns. These terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is a fretwork style surmounted with three ball and spike finials. They are mounted on fluted and capped plinths. The bonnet columns are also brass stop fluted and terminate in brass capitals. The bonnet door is an arched form. This door opens to access the wonderfully painted iron dial.
This English made Osbourne dial is colorfully painted. The two lower spandrel areas feature large floral designs. The upper two corners are decorated with strawberries. Additional floral decorations are displayed in the center field. The arch od this dial features a moonphase or lunar calendar mechanism. The hours, minutes, seconds and calendar day are all displayed. This dial is signed by the Maker, “Warranted By / E. Taber “ in fancy lettering.
This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved. The escapement is designed as a recoil format. The movement is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a two train or a time and strike design having a rack and snail striking system. As a result, it will strike each hour on the hour. This is done on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement.
This beautiful clock was made circa 1795. It stand approximately 7 feet 8 inches tall (91.75 inches) to the top of the center finial. Measured at the feet, this case is 20 inches wide and 10.5 inches deep. The case is constructed in mahogany with holly line inlays and New England white pine is used as a secondary wood. The mahogany retains a deep rich finish.
About Elnathan Taber Roxbury, Massachusetts
Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768. He is the older brother of Stephen Taber. Both brothers traveled to Roxbury and were trained as clockmakers by the Willards. After serving his apprenticeship, Elnathan stayed in Roxbury and worked closely with his Mentor Simon. They had a prosperous working relationship and he became one of Willards most famous apprentices. We have owned and sold numerous tall case clocks made by this maker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and coffin clocks as well as several Massachusetts shelf clock forms.
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