An unsigned Pennsylvania origin Tall Case Clock. Possibly Berks County origin
This very tall case clock exhibits wonderful narrow proportions. It is constructed in a number of local woods which include walnut, cherry and tiger maple. This case retains an older surface that has nicely mellowed.
This clock stands on four slender flared French feet. These transition smoothly in to a delicate scroll pattern which flows from one foot to the next. The front corners of the base are slightly chamfered. This detail terminates in a simple lamb’s tongue molding. The base is constructed in walnut which forms a broad frame around a inset tiger maple panel. The tiger used here is nicely striped with darker grain pattern. The waist is very long and very narrow. The rectangular shaped waist door is veneered with boldly figured tiger maple. The outer edge of this door is trimmed with a cock beaded edge. The sides of the waist are also chamfered. The bonnet features a delicate swans neck pediment A single finial is centered on an applied key at the top of the case. The turned wooden finial is in the form of an urn. Decoratively turned bonnet columns flank the arched glazed door which opens to a colorfully painted iron moon phase dial.
This patriotic dial was painted in Boston by either by Spencer Nolen or by the Nolen & Curtis firm. This is an outstanding example. This dial displays hours, minutes, seconds, phases of the moon and is fitted with a month calendar. This are positioned in the traditional locations. American shields are depicted in each of the four spandrel areas.
The movement is constructed in brass. It is designed to run for an eight day duration and to faithfully strike each hour over that period of time. The hours are struck on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement on a stand. This movement is powered by cast iron weights and is wound with a key. It is good quality.
This clock was made circa 1810. It stands an impressive 8 feet 6 inches tall.
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