Ferdinand Keller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A striking tall case clock.
This impressive carved case is oak and retains its original black finish. The decorative elements are skill fully carved and exhibited throughout the design of this case. Highlights include the large hairy paw feet that support the case, A carved shell that between the feet, Numerous floral patterns and rococo scrolls and the full figured faces of several cherubs. The silhouette of the case form features gentle curves that add to the cases wonderful three dimensional quality. The waist door opens to access the brass faced pendulum and brass covered weights. The motion of the pendulum can be viewed through an open in the door that is fitted with glass. An additional interesting feature is the display of two addition cherubs that are connected to the pendulum. These move side to side with the motion of the pendulum. They are displayed in the outboard windows located in the waist section. These windows are decoratively framed in a manner in keeping with the case design. A large brass cherub is mounted above each of these pods. The cherubs are depicted as playing a flute. The bonnet door is framed in brass and fitted with glass.
This door opens to access the brass constructed dial. This dial features engraved decorations, applied chapter rings and cast brass rococo spandrels. The dial format is somewhat unusual. It the arch is the standard lunar calendar. The seconds are displayed on the large ring that frames the perimeter of the dial. A brass seconds hand mounted from the center will track these. This process provides visual movement to the dial. The time, hours and minutes are displayed on the dial located above the center arbor. Below this is a dial for the calendar day.. Right from the center arbor is a dial that displays the month. Across from this dial is the day of the week. All of the information displayed is engraved on the applied chapter rings that have been treated with a silver wash. The dial is signed in the center by the designer / retailer. His name is engraved below the center arbor.
The brass movement is of very good quality. The backplate is stamped, "MADE IN ENGLAND." The photos of this movement were taken before the clock was serviced. It is a two train design which allows it to keep time or run for eight days on a full wind while it strikes the hours. It features a dead beat escapement.This impressive tall case or hall clock stands approximately 8 feet 2 inches tall. The bonnet is 30 inches wide at the front and is 14 inches deep. It was made circa 1910.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ferdinand Keller was a prominent importer and dealer in Foreign and domestic antiques. His shop was located in the city of Philadelphia. In addition, he had a number of hand made furnishings manufactured in various antique styles. This would be a very good example of the types of high quality goods in which he traded. He may have been the designer of this case.
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