Inlaid cherry case tall clock of central Connecticut origin. Grandfather clock. Owned by Joel Taylor of Pawlet, Vermont.

This is a very interesting inlaid cherry case tall clock of New England origin. This clock was most likely made along the Connecticut river from the Hartford area up through Greenfield, Massachusetts circa 1800.

The case is constructed in cherry and has taken a wonderful dark rich finish. This darker color contrasts nicely with the lighter maple inlay patterns found throughout the design of the case. All of which has been professionally re-surfaced in orange shellac and protected with a hard wax. This case stands up on cut out bracket feet that retain their original height. The diminutive sized base features a front panel that is line inlaid. The corners of this pattern are fitted with quarter circles. The rectangular box centers an inlaid pinwheel or quartefoil. The waist section is very long and very narrow. The outer edges of the waist section are inlaid with columns. A pattern of maplewood is laid out and a canted formatting of approximately forty-five degrees. These are flanked with thin line inlays and terminate at each end in inlaid capitals. A second line inlaid rectangular box frames the waist door. This rectangular pattern is also fitted with quarter circles. The waist door is a tombstone shape. This door features addition line rectangular inlay pattern with quarter circles in each corner, a center oval medallion and a large fan. The fan is located in the arch. The bonnets features a modified broken arch pediment. This has an unusual shape in that the outside corners are turned upwards. The arches center a large turned wooden finial that is mounted on a plinth. Incorporated in the bonnet design are additional inlay patterns that repeat some of the themes found in the lower portion of the case. This ties the clock together very nicely. The bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass. It opens to access the dial. The painted iron dial exhibits a rural folk art character. The decorations are somewhat reserved. Strawberries are depicted in each of the four spandrel areas and an urn is depicted in the arch. The movement is constructed in brass. It is weight powered and designed to strike the hour on a cast iron bell which is mounted above it. This clock is designed to run eight days on a full wind and is good quality.

This case stands approximately 8 feet 2 inches tall. It is inventory number 23177.

Family history suggests that this clock was originally purchased in Connecticut by Joel Taylor. Joel was born on March 4, 1764 in Merrimac, New Hampshire and died on January 16,1846. He is thought to have fought in the American Revolution. Joel was also one of the first settlers of the Town of Pawlet when he purchased land on Rupert Mountian on the Road form Pawlet to Salem, Vermont. In March of 1784, Joel married Hannah Farrar (born 1762). She was also originally from NH. Together they had at least five children.

Children:
Hannah. Born August 20,1785. She married Robert Wilson of Rupert, VT.
Polly. Born October 22,1787. She married Austin Johnson of Rupert, VT.
Joel. Born August 17, 1794. He married Olive Field of Dorset, VT.
Stephen. Born April 10, 1796. He married Harriet Sheldon of Rupert, VT.
Elbridge. Born August 24, 1799.

The clock was passed down through the Taylor family. Joel’s son Stephen was the clock’s second owner. Stephen married Harriet Sheldon. Together they has a son named Dewight (born Sept. 10,1825) who married Autora Eastman on April 24, 1850. Dewight was the third owner. He becomes one of the most successful and affluent and influential men of the town and county. He was a successful farmer. Their daughter Hattie was next to own the clock. She married Orlin. P. Black who was a hired man. Orlin Black sold the clock to a Mr Taylor who lived in Middletown Springs, VT. Middleton Springs is located just North of Pawlet. It was then sold to Daisy and Arthur Crampton.

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