An attractive cherry case tall clock made in the Connecticut River Valley of New England. This clock is unsigned. 220074

The woods used in the construction of this case are found locally in New England. The primary wood is cherry. New England white pine is the secondary wood. The case features a modern surface that exhibits a warm pleasing tone.

This case exhibits narrow proportions. It is elevated on four boldly formed ogee bracket feet. These are applied to the bottom of the base molding. A cove shaped molding transitions the base into the waist section. The waist section of the case is quite long and narrow. The access door features an unusual shape having ovolo corners and a simple molded edge. Through this door, one can gain access to the interior of the case. Here one will find the two drive weights, and the brass faced pendulum bob. Fitted into the front corners of the waist are fluted quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is surmounted with a traditional country New England fret-work design. I love this pattern, and variations of it are known to have originated in this region. Three fluted cherry plinths support the frets. Each plinth is capped at the top and fitted with a brass ball and spike finial. Smoothly turned and fluted bonnet columns support the molded arch of the hood. They are free-standing and mounted in brass capitals. These flank the arched bonnet door, which is fitted with glass.

The colorfully painted iron dial features floral decorations in the four spandrel areas. A robin is depicted in the lunette. The time ring is formatted with Roman numeral hour markers. A dotted minute ring separates them from the Arabic-style five-minute markers. This dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the seconds in their traditional locations.

The movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight-driven or powered and designed to run for an eight-day duration. It will also strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mounted above the movement on a stand attached to the backplate.

This fine example was made circa 1800 and stands an impressive 8 feet 3 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It is 21 inches wide and 11.75 inches deep.


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