A birch wood Tall Case Clock of New England origin
This Massachusetts case tall clock is constructed in birch and features a darker finish.
This clock stands approximately 7 feet 6 inches tall to the top of the center finial. This is a modest height and would fit in many of New England's earlier homes. The base is raised up off the floor on nicely formed applied bracket feet. Their form is worth pointing out because they are very nicely shaped. These are original to this case. The waist is long. It features a rectangular waist door that is trimmed with a simple molded edge. Through this door one can access the two period tin can weights and brass rod pendulum. The sides of the waist are fitted with fluted quarter columns which terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet has a New England style fret. Three brass ball and spiked finials are supported on fluted chimneys or finial plinths. The sides of the bonnet are also fitted with fluted bonnet columns. These terminated in brass capitals. The bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass.
The dial is colorfully painted and features a colorful floral patterns in the four spandrel areas and also in the arch. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in the traditional format. This dial is unsigned.
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. 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 on a post. This clock was made circa 1800.
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