Elnathan Taber of Roxbury, Massachusetts
This is a classic New England example. It exhibits the best of the Boston school proportions. The case is very narrow and measures approximately 7 feet 11 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It is this very form that all other New England tall clocks are judged against.
This inlaid mahogany case stands on four ogee bracket feet that support a double stepped base molding. These moldings are applied to the base panel. The base panel features a wonderful selection of mahogany wood that is laid out horizontally. The panel is also highlighted with a delicate line inlaid boarder that frames the front panel. The corners of this line inlay design are "cutout." The waist section of this case is very long and narrow. It centers a rectangular shaped waist door. The outside edge of this door is fitted with an applied molding. The mahogany veneer used on this door features a robust sweeping grain pattern. This is panel is also line inlaid. The sides of this case are fitted with brass stop fluted quarter columns. These terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is a fretwork style surmounted with three ball and spike finials. They are mounted on fluted and capped plinths. The bonnet columns are also brass stop fluted and terminate in brass capitals. The bonnet door is an arched form and is line inlaid. This door opens to access the wonderfully painted iron dial.
This dial is colorfully painted. The four spandrel areas feature floral designs and are framed with a delicate gilt boarder. In the raised arch, this clock displays a colorful pastoral scene. Two lovers have stolen the afternoon to sit on a bench and complicate their future. The hours, minutes, seconds and calendar day are all displayed with in the time ring. This dial is also signed by the Maker, “E. Taber “ in fancy lettering.
This movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a time and strike design having a rack and snail striking system that will strike each hour on the hour. This is done on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement.
This beautiful clock was made circa 1800. It stand approximately 8 feet tall to the top of the center finial.
About Elnathan Taber Roxbury, Massachusetts
Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768. He is the older brother of Stephen Taber. Both brothers traveled to Roxbury and were trained as clockmakers by the Willards. After serving his apprenticeship, Elnathan stayed in Roxbury and worked closely with his Mentor Simon. They had a prosperous working relationship and he became one of Willards most famous apprentices. We have owned and sold numerous tall case clocks made by this maker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and coffin clocks as well as several Massachusetts shelf clock forms.
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