A maple case tall clock made in New Hampshire. This case exhibits good solid country proportions. The form should be familiar to those that collect central New Hampshire tall clocks. These lighter colored cases contrast nicely and compliment other dark

This case is constructed primarily in maple and features a New England white pine backboard. The finish is quite old and has mellowedover time. The case stands on applied bracket feet that are well formed. The subtle shaping of the design is worth pointing out. One should also note the strong tiger grain pattern selected for in the base section. The waist door is rectangular shaped and trimmed with a simple molded edge. Open it and one can easily access the weights and brass faced pendulum bob. A nice construction feature are the exposed pins that secure the door fame of the waist. The bonnet is constructed in a swan’s neck form. This pattern is found on a number of Concord area cases. This decoration includes three finial plinths that each support a brass ball and spiked finial. The bonnet columns are simply turned and mounted in brass capitals. These visually support the arch molding. The bonnet door is also arched and fitted with glass. It opens to access the colorfully painted iron dial. This colorfully painted dial is decorated with floral themes in each of the four spandrel areas. A bird is depicted in the lunette standing on a branch. The time track features large Roman numeral hour markers. Tvhe 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 the two lovely hands. They are nicely formed and are a slight variation of the more traditional patterns. The mechanism 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 1800. The case and stands approximately 84 inches tall. JAD 217035.

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