Unsigned. A Tall Case Clock of New England origin in cherry wood.

This fine cherry case tall clock was most likely made in Central Massachusetts. This case exhibits traditional New England proportions and a traditional shellac base finish that has a wonderful warm color.

This case stands on four tall bracket feet that are cut out from the base section of the case. The waist is long and features a rectangular shaped waist door that is trimmed with an applied molding. 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. This pattern is referred to as a “Whale’s tails” 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 of the hood. The arched bonnet door is is fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial.

This iron dial is colorfully paint decorated and of Boston origin. The four spandrel areas are decorated with urns and raised gesso patterns that are painted in gilt paint. The arch features a single piece of fruit most likely grown locally in New England. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in the traditional format. This dial is unsigned.

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 1800. It stands approximately 7 feet 10 inches tall to the top of the center finial.

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