A line inlaid cherry Tall Case Clock of Eastern Connecticut origin. Possibly made by Jordan Post in Lanesboro, MA.. PP165.

This fine cherry case tall clock was most likely Jordon Post. The construction of the movement suggests that Post made this clock. The cigar shaped pillars in the movement are a trait found in the Thomas Harland school of clockmaking. Jordan Post served his clock apprenticeships to Harland. We have owned a signed tall clocks by both clockmakers that shared the combination of the cigar shaped posts and distinctive shaping of the movement plates found on this example.

This case exhibits traditional New England proportions and retains an older finish that has lightened with age. The base stands on four nicely formed ogee bracket feet. These are applied to the double step molding which is mounted to the base. This base is decorated with an inlaid oval that is centered in the panel. A line inlay pattern that frames the perimeter. This pattern is repeated in the rectangular shaped waist door which is trimmed with an applied molding. Through this door, one can access the weights and pendulum. The sides of this case are fitted with fluted quarter columns that terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features a very nice variation of a New England style fretwork pattern. Three fluted chimneys or finial plinths support the three brass ball and spiked finials. Fully turned and fluted bonnet columns are fitted into brass capitals and visually support the molded arch. The arched bonnet door is is fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial.

This iron dial is colorfully paint decorated. The four spandrel areas are decorated with geometric style fans. Depicted in the arch are two large colorful birds. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in the traditional format. This dial is not signed.

This movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. It is weight driven and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is 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. Please note the shaping of the plates that frame the gearing and the cigar shape of the movement posts.

This very pleasing example was made circa 1795. It stands of modest height measuring approximately 7 feet 2 inches tall to the top of the center finial.

This clock is inventory number PP=165.

About Jordon Post of Lanesboro, Massachusetts, Vergennes, Vermont and York, Canada.

A clockmaker, watchmaker, brewer, distiller, jeweler, silversmith, land speculator. tavern owner, pathmaster, school trustee, sawmill owner lumber merchant and storekeeper.

Jordan Post was born in Heborn, Connecticut on March 6, 1767 and died in Scarborough, Canada in 1845. He was one of eight children born to Jordon Post and Abigail Loomis. It is now thought that he served his apprenticeship with the Connecticut Clockmaker Daniel Burnap. When comparing the work of the two, one will note that there is a strong similarity in movement design and construction. There is also a similarity in the two clockmakers dial layouts in terms of the sizing of the calendar apertures. Once a Clockmaker in his own right, Jordan Post moved north west to the village of Lanesboro, Massachusetts. Lanesboro is now a small section of the city of Pittsfield. An advertisement has been documented that places him there in 1793. His time in Lanesboro was short. By November of 1793, he had move north to Vergennes, Vermont. On November 7th he advertised in the Spooner Vermont Journal that he had “erected a house for the purpose of a Distillery, Malting and Brewing, in the city of Vergennes…” In 1797 he is known in Vergennes as a clock and Watchmaker. His next move was in 1802, to York, Canada. In York, he became the town’s first clock and watchmaker. Here his business on the corner of King and ay Street thrived. In 1804 he received a 200-acre grant in Hungerford and over the next 30 years he acquired additional property. This area would become the center of present day Toronto. Jordon Street was named in his honor. In the 1820’s, he began to sell off land and profited handsomely. In the early 1830’s he moved again. This time to Scarborough where he constructed a saw mill on Highland Creek. This business also did very well. Post died in Scarborough in 1845 and was remembered as a highly successful and trusted citizen.

Clocks are reported signed by this Maker in all three locations. As a Clockmaker / Artisan in Canada, he was really one of the first Clockmakers in that Country and one of the few that made complete clocks and actually trained apprentices. His output was small most likely due to the early and primitive environment.

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