An unsigned New Hampshire tall case clock. Concord origin
This is a very sophisticated case. It is wonderfully proportioned and is constructed in a number of different woods which include wonderfully figured mahogany, richly grained mahogany veneers, maple constructed inlays and white pine secondary woods. Due to the complexity of this formal case design, this is one of the most desirable Concord tall case formats.
This case stands on four nicely flared French feet. All four exhibit very good height. The front two transition into a simple drop apron that is formed below the front base panel. The string inlay pattern that helps delineate the base from the feet, continues around and across the sides of the case. This is composed of a mahogany strip that is trimmed with delicate line inlay. The base panel features a mahogany cross banded border that is framed on the interior edge with a fine maple line inlay. The center of the panel features an inlaid pattera. This wonderful design element is repeated in the waist door. This door is trimmed with a simple molded edge and opens to access the interior of the case. Please note the line inlay pattern that is repeated from the base section. It is very nice executed. The quarter columns are boldly reeded and terminate in brass quarter capitals. These columns are inset into the sides of the case and are supported by line inlaid blocks located at the top and bottom of the waist. The bonnet features a traditional New England style fret work design. The three chimneys or finials plinths are also reeded. They support the frets and are surmounted by three brass ball and spiked finials. The bonnet columns are fully turned and reeded and are mounted in brass capitals. These flank the arched bonnet door which is also line inlaid and is fitted with glass. This door opens to access the painted dial.
This painted iron dial was painted in Boston and is not signed. It features a time ring that is traditionally formatted. The hours are displayed with Roman numerals. Arabic numerals are used as the five minute markers. This dial also displays the seconds on a subsidiary dial which is located below the Roman hour numeral “XII” inside the time track. Located in the arch is a lovely pastoral scene. A small cottage is set on an island surround by water. A young man is fishing from the rocks in the foreground. Each of the four spandrel areas are colorfully decorated with geometric patterns. This dial is in very nice original condition.
The time and strike movement is of good quality and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is constructed in brass and is weight powered. This clock strikes the hours on a cast iron bell. It is interesting to note that both plates are elaborately cut away. It's thought that this was done in order to conserve brass. We have seen this practice on many tall case clocks made in the Concord, New Hampshire region.
This clock was made circa 1815. It stands approximately 8 feet 2 inches or 98 inches tall to the top of the center finial. This clock is inventory number MM-130.
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