This inlaid case tall clock was made in New Hampshire circa 1810.

This is a very attractive tall case clock that incorporated a numbers of very decorative design elements in the presentation of the case. The case is constructed primarily in cherry. The various inlay patterns are designed with maple. The contrast between to the two woods in quite nice. These creatively formed patterns are used throughout the design of the case. The base stands on cutout bracket feet that retain excellent height. The union of the feet form a simply shaped skirt that hangs from the base. The feet are visually separated from the base panel with a decorative line inlay pattern. The front panel of the base is line inlaid. This rectangular pattern features corners that have been reversed from a square to a quarter round. The center inlay is in the shape of a heart. The waist section is long and is fitted with a large rectangular shaped waist door. This door is trimmed on the outside edge with an applied molding. The center field is veered with a figured selection of tiger maple. The tiger is very well formed. The sides of the waist are fitted with inset quarter columns. These are fully fluted and stopped with brass. Both columns terminate in brass quarter capitals. Below the columns is a inlaid plinth. The line inlay presents a fancy design. The heart motif is reintroduced here. The bonnet is surmounted with a lovely pierced and open fret work design. This pattern is one of which we are familiar. It has been found on a number of clocks that originate in Concord, down through Dover, NH region. Three reeded plinths help support this pattern. Each of these also supports a decorative brass finial. Fully turned and brass stop fluted bonnet columns flank the sides of the door and visually support the molded arch. They are mounted in brass capitals. The bonnet door follows the shape of the arch. It is line inlaid and fitted with glass. The frame for which it sits in is inlaid with a decorative pattern This is a very nice detail.

The painted iron dial features a lunar calendar in the lunette. This device tracks the phase of the moon over it’s 29.5 day cycle. The time ring is formatted with Roman style hour numerals. The five minute markers are in an Arabic form. This dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the seconds on subsidiary dials inside the time track. Each of the four spandrel areas are decorated with colorful floral patterns. These are framed with a gilt border. The hands are steel and well formed. The shape of a heart is a central theme.

This movement is constructed in brass and is weight driven. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and to strike each hour on the hour. The striking mechanism is a rack and snail set up and strikes each hour on a bell mounted above the movement. The brass plates feature a cut-out at the bottom. They are secured together with four turned posts. The gearing is fitted on steel shafts that the plates support. These clock movements are good quality.

This clock stands approximately 7 feet 8 inches (92 inches) tall to the top of the center finial. It was made circa 1810.


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