Heman Clark of Plymouth, Connecticut. A brass geared, 8-day, time and strike Pillar & Scroll shelf clock

This is a very good example of a brass geared Pillar & Scroll shelf clock with painted and signed dial that reads, “H Clark / Plymouth."

This rare example is in excellent condition. The wood, consisting of the feet, scroll work, horns and returns are all original to this clock. The finish appears to be original to the clock and has been carefully waxed. It is in beautiful condition. The front of the clock is fitted with a door. The lower section is decorated with a reverse painted tablet. This glass is original to this example and is in excellent original condition. The colors are excellent. The scene depicts a traditional CT shelf clock theme. Typically a large home is set in a landscape that includes a clean yard, A large tree or two in the foreground and a tree line off in the distance. The upper section of the door is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the painted iron dial. This dial was manufactured n Boston and was most made by the Nolen & Curtis firm. The four spandrel areas are decorated with colorful urns. These are framed with raised gesso work that is painted in gold. Gold rings frames the two sides of the time ring. The minute ring is closed. Roman style numerals demark the hours. A subsidiary seconds dial is included in the time display. This dial is signed by the clockmaker. This signature reads, "H Clark / Plymouth." Behind the dial is the brass works. The plates have been skeletonized as is the custom of most Salem Bridge clock movements. It features a rack and snail striking system, striking the hour on the hour on a cast iron bell which is mounted inside the case. The movement is weight movement is a time and strike design and is in good condition powered. The weights are compounded and are suspended from pulleys inside the case.

This clock was made circa 1818. The dimensions of the case are slightly larger than you standard Pillar & Scroll clock. This case is approximately 35 inches tall. It is 4.5 inches deep and 17 inches wide. This is a very nice clean example.

This clock is ZZ-67.


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