An unsigned cherry case. New England origin.
This fine cherry case exhibits traditional New England proportions and a few earlier case details. It is a very manageable size measuring 7 feet 6 inches tall to the top of the center brass finial. The case is constructed in cherry and uses American white pine as a secondary wood. The cherry wood is richly finished in that the color is excellent.
This case stands on four applied ogee bracket feet. They are nicely formed and applied to the bottom of the case. The waist section is long and narrow. A large tombstone shaped waist door fills this section. It's outer edge is trimmed in a delicate molded edge and the door opens to access the interior of the case. Fluted quarter columns that terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals are fitted in the corners of the waist. The bonnet is surmounted with an open fret work pattern. The three fluted chimney plinths are capped at the top and support the three brass ball and spiked finials. The bonnet columns are smoothly turned and are mounted into brass capitals. They flank the arched glazed door. The sides of the hood are fitted with large tombstone shaped side lights or windows. These are also fitted with glass. The back corners of the bonnet feature nicely turned quarter columns.
The decoratively painted dial features a floral theme. The colors are excellent. The time is displayed in a traditional format. The hours are depicted in large Roman numerals and each of the corresponding five minute markers are displayed in an Arabic form.The weight driven movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It will also strike each hour on a cast iron bell. It is good quality.
This clock was made circa 1795.
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