A line inlaid cherry Tall Case Clock of New England origin.

PP-165 A line inlaid cherry Tall Case Clock of New England origin.

This fine cherry case tall clock was most likely made in Connecticut. This case exhibits traditional New England proportions and retains an older finish that has lightened with age.

The base stands on four nicely formed ogee bracket feet. These are applied to the double step molding which is mounted to the base. This base is decorated with a line inlay pattern that frames the perimeter and an oval is centered in the base. This pattern is repeated in the rectangular shaped waist door. This door is also trimmed with a an applied molding. Through this door, one can access the weights and pendulum. The sides of this case are fitted with fluted quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features a very nice variation of a New England style fretwork pattern. Three fluted chimneys or finial plinths support the three brass ball and spiked finials. Fully turned and fluted bonnet columns are fitted into brass capitals and visually support the molded arch. The arched bonnet door is is fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial.

This iron dial is colorfully paint decorated. The four spandrel areas are decorated with geometric style fans. Depicted in the arch are two large colorful birds. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in the traditional format. This dial is not signed.

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.

This very pleasing example was made circa 1795. It stands of modest height measuring approximately 7 feet 2 inches tall to the top of the center finial.

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