A fine inlaid mahogany tall clock of Massachusetts origin
This beautiful inlaid mahogany case tall clock was made very near Acton, Massachusetts. It is a masculine example having been built on a slightly larger scale. This case stands 8 feet 3 inches tall.
This clock stands on four ogee bracket feet. They are nicely shaped and applied to the bottom of a large double step molding. The base panel is decoratively inlaid. It features a delicate string pattern that frames the base. The corners of of this box are fitted with stylish five pedal quarter fans that alternate in light and dark woods. This decorative design is repeated in the waist door. This tombstone shaped door is long and narrow. Through this door one can access the interior of the case. The sides of the waist are fitted with quarter columns that are fluted and terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is fitted with a New Style pierced and open fret work patter. This is anchored by three fluted plinths that support the brass ball and spike finials. The molded arch is supported by fluted columns which are placed on either side of the bonnet door. They are mounted in brass capitals. The door is arched and trimmed with a simple molding. It is also fitted with glass and opens to access a colorfully painted iron dial.
This paint decorated iron dial was painted in Boston by Spencer Nolen and is not signed by the Clockmaker. It features a time ring that is traditionally formatted. The hours are displayed large Arabic numerals. Arabic numerals are also used to indicate the quarter hour markers. This dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the subsidary seconds in their traditional locations. The arch of the dial is decorated with a still life comprising of a number of large apples and grapes. The spandrel areas are colorfully decorated with colorful urns on the left and American shields on the right. This dial is in very nice condition. Please note the wonderfully shaped hands.
The time and strike movement is of good quality and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is weight driven. The movement is constructed in brass. The teeth in the gear train are deeply cut. This clock is designed to strike each hour on a cast iron bell.
This clock was made circa 1810. It’s overall height is approximately 8 feet 3 inches tall. It is inventory number 210051.
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