Elnathan Taber tall case clock working in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

216085 Elnathan Taber tall case clock working in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

This is a classic New England tall clock. This mahogany case exhibits very good proportions and measures approximately 7 feet 9.5 inches tall to the top of the center finial. At the upper hood or bonnet molding, this clock is approximately 20 inches wide and 10 inches deep.

This fine mahogany case stands on four applied ogee bracket feet. The base panel features a figured selection of mahogany wood that is laid out in a vertical orientation. The waist section of this case is long and narrow. It centers a rectangular shaped waist door that is fitted with an applied molding. The sides or front corners of the waist are fitted with brass stop fluted quarter columns. These terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features a traditional New England style fret work pattern being supported by fluted and capped plinths. These are fitted with brass ball and spike finials. The bonnet columns are also brass stop fluted and terminate in brass capitals. The bonnet door is an arched form and opens to access the colorfully painted iron dial.

This dial is colorfully painted and is of English origin. It was painted by the Osbourne Manufactory in Birmingham, England. The four spandrel areas and the arch of this dial are decorated with colorful floral designs. The hours, minutes, seconds and calendar day are all displayed with in the time ring. This dial is signed by the Maker, “E. TABER” in large block lettering.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved. The escapement is designed as 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.

This beautiful clock was made circa 1795.

About Elnathan Taber Roxbury, Massachusetts

Elnathan Taber was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on February 14, 1768. He is the older brother of Stephen Taber. Both brothers traveled to Roxbury and were trained as clockmakers by the Willards. After serving his apprenticeship, Elnathan stayed in Roxbury and worked closely with his Mentor Simon. They had a prosperous working relationship and he became one of Willards most famous apprentices. We have owned and sold numerous tall case clocks made by this maker. In addition, we have also owned a good number of wall timepieces in the form of banjo clocks and coffin clocks as well as several Massachusetts shelf clock forms.

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