An unsigned maple case tall clock of New Hampshire origin. Concord region.
This case is nicely proportioned. The proportions should be familiar to those that collect central New Hampshire tall clocks. This fine example features a very popular form. The case is constructed primarily in maple and features a New England white pine backboard. This example has been recently refinished and the tone of the wood exhibits a warm honey color. The case stands on applied bracket feet. The waist door is rectangular shaped and trimmed with a simple molded edge. This door fills the waist section of the case. Open it and one can easily access the weights and brass faced pendulum bob. The bonnet is fitted with a traditional New England fret form. This pattern is called a whale's tail design. This decoration includes three tall finial plinths that each support a brass ball and spiked finial. The bonnet columns are simply turned and mounted in brass capitals. They visually support the arch molding. The bonnet door is also arched and fitted with glass. It opens to a colorfully painted iron dial.This colorfully painted dial has spandrel areas that are decorated with strawberries and floral themes. These are framed in a solid border. In the arch is a colorful bird. The position of it red breast suggests that it is signed proudly. The time track features large Roman numeral hour markers. The five minute markers are painted in an Arabic form. A subsidiary seconds dial and month calendar can be found in their traditional locations inside the time ring. The time is indicated by lovely formed steel hands.
This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned brass pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved to accept and guide the weight cord. Each holds approximately eight days of winding cord. The escapement is a recoil format. The movement is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a two train or 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 bell stand.
This clock was made circa 1810.
The case and stands an impressive 8 feet 1 inches tall, 20.25 inches wide and 10.25 inches deep. It is inventory 27064.
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