Joseph Mulliken (1787-1802) of Concord, Massachusetts. An inlaid cased tall clock. BBB34

An important inlaid cherry case tall clock made by Joseph Mulliken of Concord, Massachusetts.

This fine cherry case features a wonderful wrm maellow surface. This case glows. The case stands on four nicely formed applied ogee bracket feet. These are applied to a double stepped molding that is attached to the lower section of the base. This base panel is decoratively formatted. A delicate line inlay frames the panel. Quarter fans, comprised of five blades of alternating light and dark wood are fitted into the corners. The decorative detail is repeated in the design of the waist door. In the center of the base panel is a inlaid oval. The oval or paterea which also features alternating light and dark blades of wood. The waist section is fitted with a rectangular shape waist door. This is trimmed with an applied molding. Open this and one can access the two drive weights and the pendulum. The side of the waist or front corners are fitted with brass stop-fluted quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The open fretwork style bonnet is surmounted with three brass finials. The finials are designed with eagles that sit atop a ball. The eagles are depicted with its wings ready for flight. These are positioned on line fluted plinths. The bonnet features an arched door that is fitted with glass. The free standing brass stop-fluted bonnet columns terminate in brass capitals. They visually support the hand molded arch. The back of the hood is also fitted with quarter columns. These are nicely shaped. Tombstone shaped side lights are cutout of the bonnet sides. This provides a viewing window to the mechanism.

The dial is colorfully painted and is signed by the Maker, "J. Mulliken / CONCORD" below the calendar aperture. This signature is excellent original condition. The four spandrel ares are wonderfully decorated. On a blue background, one will find peaches and cherries. A lunar calendar is outfitted in the arch of this dial. This lunar calendar tracks the phases of the moon. The time ring is formatted with Arabic style five minute markers. A dotted minute ring separates the five minute markers from the large Roman style hour numerals. Inside the minute ring is a subsidiary seconds dial, month calendar day display and the Clockmaker’s signature.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned pillars support the two rectangular shaped 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 clock retains its original tin cans weights and pendulum.

This wonderful example was made circa 1790. It stands approximately 87.5 (7 feet 3.5 inches) inches tall, 20.5 inches wide and 10 inches deep.


About Joseph Mulliken of Concord, Massachusetts.

Joseph Mulliken was born in Lexington, Massachusetts on April 9th,1765. He is the son of Nathaniel Mulliken and Lydia Stone. As a result, he is a third generation clockmaker. The Mulliken family has a long history of making clocks in America stretching back to his great uncle Jonathan Mulliken born about 1701 in Newburyport. Joseph is the first recorded clock maker to live in work in Concord. Here he lived in the center of town and became involved in many local affairs.

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