An unsigned birch case of New England origin
This inlaid birch constructed case exhibits traditional New England proportions. It is a very manageable size measuring approximately 7 feet 7 inches tall to the top of the center finial. The case is constructed in primarily birch, American white pine is used as a secondary wood and maple and mahogany venners. The forward facing selections of birch are wonderfully figured and has been refinished sometime in the last 30 years. When birch is figured in this manner, it is called Flaming birch due to the striking grain pattern. Matched with this finish, the wood exhibits a warm and inviting color and the brass pitina has nicely mellowed.
This case stands applied bracket base. This molding is applied to the base. The base panel is line inlaid just inside the outer edge of the box. In the center is an inlaid mahogany oval. The waist section is long and narrow. A large rectangular waist door is centered in this section of the case. The door is trimmed with an applied molding. This door is also line inlaid. Through this door, one can access the weights and pendulum. The sides of the case are fitted with fluted quarter columns. These terminate in brass mounted quarter capitals. The bonnet is surmounted with an open fret work pattern. The three line inliad chimney plinths are capped at the top and support three brass ball and spike finials. The bonnet columns are also fluted. They are free standing and mounted into brass capitals. They flank the arched door. This door is line inlaid with a delicate maple stringing and is fitted with glass.
The iron dial is decoratively painted. The four spandrel areas and the painted decoration in the arch features colorful floral themes. Centered in the arch is a red brested robin standing on a branch. The time track features Roman numeral hour markers, Arabic numerals are used to mark the five minute increments of the hours, with in the time track is a subsidiary seconds dial and a day of the month calendar.
The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It will also strike each hour on a cast iron bell. It is powered by two weights which are raised by winding the clock through the dial with a crank key. Overall, it is good quality.
This clock was made circa 1800. We have owned a number of clocks that share the fine proportions exhibited in this case. Many of these were signed by Clockmakers that worked in Central Massachusetts.
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