Thomas Joyce of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This wonderful mahogany veneered case tall clock features excellent woods, typical Pennsylvania proportions and a colorfully painted moon phase dial. The dial is signed by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Clockmaker Thomas Joyce.

This very colorful example features excellent mahogany veneers that exhibit vibrant grain selections that retain an old world finish. The case stands on four ring turned feet that are applied to the bottom of the case below the base molding. These feet are decoratively formed and terminate in a somewhat compressed ball. A figured mahogany base panel is broadly framed with a cross banded border. The waist section is fitted with a nicely shaped waist door that is trimmed with a simple molded edge. Fully turned columns are positioned in the corners of the waist. These are formatted with ring turned capitals and a twisted design along it’s length. The bonnet is a swan’s neck design and is nicely formed. It centers a central finial plinth which is surmounted with a turned wooden urn shaped finial. Fully turned and shaped bonnet columns flank the arched glazed door. This door is fitted with glass and opens to a colorfully painted iron dial.

The dial features brilliant coloring and is in excellent condition. This dial was most likely painted by the Wiiliam Jones of Philadelphia, PA. The four spandrel areas feature a floral theme. The arch displays a lunar calendar. This clock is signed by the Maker in the traditional location.

The movement is brass and designed to run for an eight day duration as well as to strike the hour on the hour. It is good quality.

This clock was made circa 1825 and stands approximately 7 feet 10.5 inches tall to the top of the center finial.

About Thomas Joyce of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Currently, very little is known of Thomas Joyce the Clockmaker. He is listed as working in two Philadelphia locations. In 1821 and 1822 he worked at 242 S. 6th Street which is very near today’s Washington Square. In 1823 he moved to 123 Plum Street and worked there until 1825.


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