A line inlaid cherry Tall Case Clock of Eastern Connecticut origin. Possibly made by Benjamin Hanks or Jordan Post. PP165.

This fine cherry case tall clock was most likely made in Eastern Connecticut. The construction of the movement suggests that Benjamin Hanks made this clock. The cigar shaped pillars in the movement are a trait found in The Thomas Harland school of clockmaking. Both Benjamin Hanks and Jordan Post served their clock apprenticeships to Harland. We have owned a signed tall clocks by both clockmakers that shared the combination of the cigar shaped posts and distinctive shaping of the movement plates found on this example.

This case exhibits traditional New England proportions and retains an older finish that has lightened with age. The base stands on four nicely formed ogee bracket feet. These are applied to the double step molding which is mounted to the base. This base is decorated with an inlaid oval that is centered in the panel. A line inlay pattern that frames the perimeter. This pattern is repeated in the rectangular shaped waist door which is trimmed with an applied molding. Through this door, one can access the weights and pendulum. The sides of this case are fitted with fluted quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features a very nice variation of a New England style fretwork pattern. Three fluted chimneys or finial plinths support the three brass ball and spiked finials. Fully turned and fluted bonnet columns are fitted into brass capitals and visually support the molded arch. The arched bonnet door is is fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial.

This iron dial is colorfully paint decorated. The four spandrel areas are decorated with geometric style fans. Depicted in the arch are two large colorful birds. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in the traditional format. This dial is not signed.

This movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is 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. Please note the shaping of the plates that frame the gearing and the cigar shape of the movement posts.

This very pleasing example was made circa 1795. It stands of modest height measuring approximately 7 feet 2 inches tall to the top of the center finial.

This clock is inventory number PP=165.

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