An unsigned mahogany cross banded cherry case tall case clock of New England origin.
This fine cherry case exhibits traditional New England proportions. It is a very manageable size measuring approximately 7 feet 8 inches tall to the top of the center finial. The case is constructed in cherry, New England white pine as a secondary wood and mahogany cross banding details.
This case stands on applied bracket feet. They incorporate a nice return into their design. The base panel is trimmed with a mahogany cross banded border. The waist section is long and narrow. The waist section is fitted with a rectangular shaped door that is trimmed with a delicate molded edge. This door is also cross banded in mahogany. One would open this door to access the weights and pendulum. The corners of the waist feature reeded quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is surmounted with an open fret work pattern. The three reeded chimney plinths are capped at the top and support the three period brass finials. The bonnet columns are also reeded. They are free standing and mounted into brass capitals. They flank the arched glazed door.
The iron dial is decoratively painted with geometric theme. This dial was painted by the Nolen & Curtis firm in Boston, MA.
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 clock was made circa 1810.
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