A birch wood case tall clock made in central New England. This is a country form and it retains its original red wash finish. 218049

This case exhibits good solid proportions. This example features a case that is constructed primarily in birch and is finished in a red wash. The red was is original to the clock. Red is a common choice of color in an attempt to tint country / indigenous woods to look more like the color of mahogany. The form features typical New England style proportions. This case stands on applied bracket feet which elevate the clock up off the floor. The pattern features nicely shaped returns and a drop apron. The waist door is a rectangular shape and is trimmed with a simple molded edge. This door fills the waist section of the case. Open it and one can easily access the weights and brass faced pendulum bob. Fitted into the corners are fluted quarter columns. These terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is fitted with a New England style fretwork pattern Included in the design are three finial plinths that are capped at the top and fitted with a brass ball and spike finial. The bonnet columns are simply turned and mounted in brass capitals. These visually support the arch molding. Smoothly turned quarter capitals are fitted into the back corners of the hood. The sidelights are a tomb-stone form and are fitted with glass panels. The bonnet door is also arched and fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial.

This colorfully painted dial is decorated with floral themes in the arch and geometric style fans in each of the four spandrel areas. The time track features Arabic five minute markers a dotted minute ring and large Roman style hour markers. A subsidiary seconds dial and month calendar can be found in their traditional locations inside the time ring. The time is indicated by lovely formed steel hands of a traditional pattern.

This fine movement 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 cords. 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 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 95 inches or 7 feet 11 inches tall. It is approximately 20.75 inches wide and 11 inches deep.


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