A birch case tall clock in its original red wash made in New Hampshire, Concord area. 217083

The form should be familiar to those collectors that collect central New Hampshire tall clocks. This solid wood example features a case constructed primarily in birch and a New England white pine backboard. The case retains its original light red wash. Birch is traditionally a lighter-colored wood. The red wash tints the appearance to more resemble the color of cherry.

Four applied bracket feet elevate the case off the floor. The waist section is fitted with a tombstone-shaped waist door. The perimeter of the door is trimmed with a simple molded edge. Open it, and one can easily access the two cast-iron drive weights and the brass-faced pendulum bob. The bonnet features a swan’s neck form. This pattern was very popular and is commonly found in a large number of other Concord area clock cases. The moldings are boldly formed and terminate in carved pinwheels. This example includes a single finial plinth that is centered between the arches. Three brass ball and spiked finials decorate the top of the hood. The bonnet columns are simply turned and mounted in brass capitals. These visually support the simple arch molding. Smoothly turned quarter capitals are fitted into the back corners of the hood. The sidelights are a tombstone form and are fitted with glass panels. The bonnet door is also arched and fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial.

This painted iron dial is decorated with swags and urns. All of the decoration is done in gilt. The time track features large Roman-style hour markers. The five-minute markers are painted in Arabic form. A subsidiary seconds dial and month calendar can be found in their traditional locations inside the time ring. The time is indicated by lovely formed steel hands of a traditional pattern.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is of good quality. Four turned brass pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved to accept and guide the weight cords. Each holds approximately eight days of winding cord. The escapement is a recoil format. The movement is weight-driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is a two-train or a time and strike design having a rack and snail striking system. As a result, it will strike each hour on the hour. This is done on a cast iron bell which is mounted above the movement on a bell stand.
This clock was made circa 1800.

The case stands approximately 86.5 inches tall. The upper bonnet molding is 22 inches wide and 11 inches deep.


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