John Bailey II of Hanover, Massachusetts

This country maple case tall clock was made by John Bailey II of Hanover of Massachusetts.

This long case example exhibits excellent Southeastern Massachusetts proportions. The case wood is maple and features an older mellow honey colored finish. It is quite pleasing. The back board is new England white pine. It is interesting to note that this example bears the inscription for the originally owner who appears to have been a Lieutenant. Unfortunately, the name is not legible.

This case stands on applied bracket feet. The center of this molding features a simple drop pendant. The waist door is a rectangular shape and trimmed with a molded edge around its’ perimeter. Through this door one can access the two weights and brass faced pendulum bob. The bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass. It is flanked by fully turned and fluted bonnet columns. These are mounted in brass capitals. The bonnet features a traditional New England Style lacy fret work pattern that is supported by three fluted chimney plinths. Each of these fluted plinths is surmounted with a brass ball and spiked finial.

The simply engraved brass dial has been silvered. The time ring, featuring large Roman numeral hour markers, smaller Arabic five minute markers , subsidiary seconds dial and an engraved name boss are filled with wax. The wax is black and contrasts nicely with the silver finish of the dial. In the name boss, located in the arch of the dial, is the Maker’s signature and working location. It reads, “John Bailey Hanover” in a script format. It is interesting to note that the spandrel areas are not decorated with engravings.

The movement is brass and designed to run eight days on a full wind. The front and back plates have been fully skellatonized in an effort to conserve brass. It is powered by two weights that descend inside the case behind the waist door. The cords are wound up on wooden winding drums. The striking mechanism features a countwheel design. The countwheel is located on the back of the winding drum. This movement is designed to strike each hour on the hour on a bell. The bell is mounted above the movement inside the case. This movement is good quality.

This clock was made circa 1795. This wonderful simple case stands approximately 7 feet 11 inches tall to the top of the center finial. This clock is inventory number 211067.

About John Bailey II of Hanover, MAssachusetts

John Bailey II was born the son of John and Ruth Randall Bailey on May 6th, 1751. He learned clockmaking at a very young age is is responsible for training numerous apprentices such as his younger brothers Calvin and Lebbeus as well as Joshua Wilder, his son John III, Joseph Gooding, Ezra Kelley and Hingham’s Joshua Wilder. He was the most prolific of the six Baileys that were involved in the clock business. John was a Quaker. Over the years, we have owned a fair number of clocks made by him. Some of which included tall case clocks, dwarf clocks and the Massachusetts shelf clock form.

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