Boston or Roxbury, Massachusetts tall case clock. Unsigned. 212080

This is an excellent example of a finely inlaid mahogany case tall clock made in either Roxbury or Boston, Massachusetts.

This case exhibits outstanding proportions. It stands 7 feet 11.5 inches tall. It is constructed in richly grained mahogany and subtle satin wood line inlays highlight the form. The secondary woods used in the construction are a mixture of chestnut and white pine. This case stands on an applied ogee bracket feet. They are applied directly to the bottom of the case and to the applied double stepped molding. The base panel is richly grained and is decoratively line inlaid. The inlay pattern centers a fully formed pattera in the center of this base panel. The waist section is fitted with a large tombstone shaped waist door. It is also line inlaid and features an excellent selection of mahogany veneer. This door is framed with an applied molding and is also line inlaid. The sides or corners of the case are fitted with inset quarter columns. The are fully fluted and stopped with brass. The columns terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is fitted with a traditional new England style fret. The fret work is support by three fluted chimney of final plinths. They support the three brass finials. The molded arch is supported by fully turned and brass stop fluted bonnet columns. They terminate in brass capitals and flank the arched bonnet door. This door is also line inlaid and is fitted with glass. It opens to a colorfully painted dial which is unsigned.

This dial features a moon phase mechanism in the arch. The time track is done in two separate formats. The hours are indicated in Roman numerals. The five minute markers are painted in an Arabic form. A subsidiary seconds dial and month calendar can bee seen inside the time ring. The four spandrel areas are colorfully decorated on a green field. Fruits, florals and berries are the primary subject matter.

The weight driven movement is brass and of good quality. It is designed to run eight days on a full wind and will strike the hour on the hour. The hour is struck on a cast iron bell mounted above the movement.


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