A fine inlaid mahogany tall clock of Massachusetts origin. 210051

This beautiful inlaid mahogany case tall clock was made very near Acton, Massachusetts. It is a masculine example having been built on a slightly larger scale. This case stands 8 feet 3 inches tall.

This case is elevated on four ogee bracket feet. They are nicely shaped and applied to the bottom of a large double step molding. The base panel is decoratively inlaid. It features a delicate string pattern that frames the base. The corners of this box are fitted with stylish five pedal quarter fans. The five pedals alternate in color. Three are light wood and two are dark wood. This decorative design is repeated in the tombstone shaped waist door. Through this door one can access the interior of the case. The sides of the waist are fitted with quarter columns that are fluted and terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is fitted with a New England style pierced and open fret work pattern. This is anchored by three fluted plinths. Each supports a brass ball and spike finial. The molded arch is supported by fluted columns which are placed on either side of the bonnet door. These are mounted in brass capitals. The side lights or windows are also a tombstone shape. They are centered in the side pannels. The door is an arched form and is trimmed with a simple molding. It is also fitted with glass and opens to access a colorfully painted iron dial.

This paint decorated iron dial was painted in Boston by Spencer Nolen. It is not signed by the Clockmaker. It features a time ring that is traditionally formatted. The hours are displayed large Arabic numerals. Arabic numerals are also used to indicate the quarter hour markers. This dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the subsidiary seconds in their traditional locations. The arch of the dial is decorated with a still life comprising of a collection of large apples and grapes. The spandrel areas are colorfully decorated with urns on the left and American shields on the right. This dial is in very nice condition. Please note the wonderfully shaped hands.

The time and strike movement is of good quality and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is weight driven. The movement is constructed in brass. The teeth in the gear train are deeply cut. This clock is designed to strike each hour on a cast iron bell.

This clock was made circa 1810. It has the following dimensions in inches: overall height 99, width at the upper hood molding is 23 1/2, and depth at this location is 12 1/2. This clock is inventory No. 210053.

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