Barker & Taylor of Worcester, Massachusetts
This fine example features a case that is constructed in pine and retains it's original painted surface. The pine was wash over in a brown stain and is enhanced with a grain painted detail that was intended to simulate the coloring and grain pattern of mahogany. This treatment is still consistent throughout. The case is a typical Ashby form in terms of it's from, proportions, and construction. This case stands on a simple applied bracket feet. These are attached to a molding that is mounted to the lower section of the base. The base panel is grain painted in a diagonal format. A crotch pattern starts from the lower left corner and rises to the upper right. The waist section is fitted with a large rectangular door. This is trimmed with a molded edge and is also grain painted with a crotch veneer pattern that runs vertically the entire length of the door. This door opens to access the interior of the case. The molded arched bonnet features a traditional pierced and open fret work and three chimney or finial plinths. The plinths are capped. Smoothly turned and subtly shaped bonnet columns are fitted aside the bonnet door. The bonnet door is an arched form. It is fitted with glass and opens to access the arched dial.
The wooden arched dial is colorfully painted. The four spandrels and the arch are decorated with a strawberry theme. This dial is signed by the Makers above the Roman numeral six on the time ring. It is signed, “Barker & Taylor, Worcester.” The time ring is formatted with Roman hour numerals and Arabic numerals are used at the five minute intervals. Pewter hands indicate the time. This dial is then attached to the wooden movement with two batons or strips that receive the four wooden dial feet and are pinned in place. The wooden geared movement is the construction one expects from the Ashby Massachusetts clockmaking school. The winding of this example is done by pulling a cord from inside the waist of the case. The movement is a time and strike design and of fine quality. It is designed to run 30 hours on a full wind. It features a count wheel striking system that will strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The count wheel is located on the outside of the movement on the back plate.
This clock was made circa 1800. The overall height of this example is approximately 7 feet 1 inch tall.
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