Paul Rogers school. A Berwick, Maine tall case clock.
This is a fine maple cased tall clock Attributed to the Paul Rogers school of Quaker clockmakers.
This is a very nice country case tall clock. This case stands approximately 89.5 inches tall to the top of the case or 95.5 inches tall to the tip top of the brass center finial. It is 19.25 inches wide and 8.75 inches deep. This case is constructed in maple and white pine is used as the secondary wood. The finish has mellowed into a very gentle or subdued patina.
This fine example stands on an applied bracket base. The cutout pattern forms nicely shaped returns and a simple base molding. The waist section is very long and narrow. The waist door is a tombstone shape and is trimmed with a molded edge. Another nice country detail is the multiple pegs found in the construction of the waist framing. The bonnet is formatted with a bell top or pagoda top pediment. This bonnet or hood form was all the rage in London during the last quarter of the 18th century. Three brass ball and spiked finials surmount this clock case. Fully turned bonnet columns terminating in brass capitals flank the bonnet door. This door is an arched form and is fitted with glass. It opens to access a locally painted dial.
This dial is iron and is paint decorated. Each of the four spandrels are decorated with a colorful floral pattern. This theme with the addition of a bird is repeated in the arch of the dial as well. This dial displays the time in a traditional format having large Roman numerals that mark the each of the twelve hours. Arabic numerals are positioned at the five minute marker locations. A subsidiary seconds dial is located below the Roman hour numeral XII and a calendar in below the center arbor.
The weight driven movement is of good quality. It is designed to run for an eight-day duration on a full wind. This clock will also strike each hour on a cast iron bell. This movement is typical of the Rogers school of clockmaking in terms of it's construction. The movement plates are not brass. They are constructed in iron and feature brass bushings. It is thought that this was done to conserve the use of brass which was an expensive material to work with.
This clock was made circa 1795.
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