An unsigned birch tall case clock of New England origin. Berwick, Maine.
This fine birch constructed case exhibits traditional New England proportions. It is a very manageable size measuring approximately 7 feet 9 inches tall to the top of the center finial. The wood selected is subtly grained. The finish is old and mellowed over it’s life time.
This case stands on a cut out bracket base. The feet retain excellent height and the scrolled apron that connects them is well formed. The waist section is long. A large rectangular waist door is centered in this section of the case. The door is trimmed with a simple molding. Through this door, one can access the weights and pendulum. The sides of the case are fitted with finely reeded quarter columns. These terminate in brass mounted quarter capitals. The bonnet is surmounted with an open fret work pattern. The three reeded chimney plinths are capped at the top and support three brass ball and spike finials. The bonnet columns are also finely reeded. They are free standing and mounted into brass capitals. They flank the arched door which is fitted with glass.
The iron dial is decoratively painted. The four spandrel areas are decorated with colorful floral themes. The arch of this dial features a lunar calendar or moon phase mechanism. The time track is formatted with Roman numeral hour markers and 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 of good quality. It is designed to run for an eight-day duration on a full wind. This clock will also strike each hour on a cast iron bell. This movement is typical of the Rogers school of clockmaking in terms of it’s construction. The movement plates are not brass. They are constructed in iron and feature brass bushings. It is thought that this was done in an attempt to conserve the use of brass which was an expensive material to work with. This clock was made circa 1805.
This clock is inventory number 210089.
About Paul Rogers of Berwick, Maine.
Paul Rogers was born 1752 and died in 1818. He was a Quaker, and belong to a group more properly called the Society of Friends. The Quakers were a sect known for their independence and devotion to hard work and had established small colonies throughout the more rural parts of New England. He was a very productive clockmaker who worked at his trade for nearly forty years. A few notable apprentices to Paul include his son Abner (1777-1809), Reuben Brackett (1761-1867), and John Taber (1796-1859).
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