John Osgood of Andover, Mass and Haverhill, New Hampshire. No. 271. Tall case clock.

This example is not signed on the dial by the Maker but does have an engraved number “271” on the back plate. This is a practice that we have seen on the many other signed Osgood tall clock movements. Interestingly, most of which have been recorded with numbers in the three hundreds. We have personally owned and sold numbers as low as “18” and as high as the number “374.” In addition to the engraved number on the backplate, this clock also shares the distinctively shape rack in the strike train. This specific design has been found only on Osgood clocks.

This well proportioned birch case retains its original mahogany staining. This case form is quite typical of other Osgood clocks known. It appears to have been his most successfully sold model. This clock case stands on applied bracket feet. The waist section is long and narrow. It is fitted with a rectangular shaped waist door that is trimmed with a simple molded edge. This door is flanked by inset quarter columns which are smoothly turned and fluted. These terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features an arched glaze door, fully turned bonnet columns and the traditional “Whales’ tails” fret work style ornament. Three brass ball and spiked finials surmount the top of this case and are mounted on fluted plinths.

The iron dial is colorfully painted. Yellow painted spandrel areas are decorated with a cross hatched design. Blue birds are centered in this design. In the arch is a basket of florals. The bluebird theme is repeated here. The time track is formatted with the combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. This dial also features five minute markers, subsidiary seconds and a day of the month calendar. The iron hands are hand filed and are a traditional form.

The time and strike movement is of good quality and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The back plate is engraved with the “ 271.” This is skillfully executed. Another detail worth mentioning is that of the strike work. The levers are quite distinctive and share the form found on other Osgood example.

This clock was made circa 1790 and stands 7 feet 10.5 inches to the top of its center finial.

It is inventory number 27005.

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