Possibly of Vermont origin. This is a nicely proportioned and wonderfully inlaid cherry case tall clock.

The form and inlay orientation suggests that this clock was made in Southern Vermont. The case is constructed in cherry and is inlaid with mahogany accent panels and cross banding as well as various lightwood inlay patterns. The design I find most interesting are the inlaid Icicles. These are constructed in an unusual manner. The more common pattern is constructed with selections of light wood that is shaded on one side. This example uses a pattern that is composed of separate sections of light and dark wood positioned in an alternating pattern. These are slightly tapered and terminate in a point.

This case stands on applied bracket feet. The form is somewhat complex in that it features a slight flare at the bottom and they terminate on a subtle pad. This is a form that we have seen on clock cases constructed in the Williamstown, Massachusetts and Bennington, Vermont region. The base panel exhibits an interesting inlay design. The outer edge is trimmed with a delicate barber pole pattern. Just inside this is a narrow mahogany cross banded framing that is bordered by a thin light line inlay. A strip of alternating light and dark wood banding is positioned across the bottom. The corners of the panel and the oval are inlaid with mahogany. Light line inlays also trim these designs and connect to the center detail. The waist section is long and narrow. It is fitted with fluted quarter columns that terminate in turned brass quarter capitals and a rectangular shaped waist door. This door shares a similar inlay layout that is exhibited in the base with the addition of an inlaid icicle pattern. This is a very unusual pattern to be used in a clock case design. Inlaid mahogany ovals are also positioned above the below the waist door. The bonnet features a swans neck pediment and is surmounted with three brass finials. The upper molding is unusual in that the forward facing surface is flat. This molding terminates in nicely inlaid rosettes. Each of the three brass finials is mounted on line inlaid plinths. Fluted bonnet columns ending in brass capitals support the arch molding. They flank the line inlaid arched door which is fitted with clear glass.

The moon phase dial was painted and marketed in Boston by Spencer Nolen. It is very colorfully and the detail work is excellent. The spandrels are brightly painted with red and gold. Gesso work elevates the trimmings. In the arch is a moon phase or lunar calendar dial. The time track is formatted in a traditional manner. The hours and five minute markers are displayed in Arabic style numerals. This dial also displays the seconds and the date of the month.

The movement is brass, eight-day duration and of good quality. It is weight driven and features a rack and snail strike system and a recoil escapement. It is designed to run for eight days on a full wind and strikes each hour on a bell.

This case measures approximately 92.5 inches tall to the top of the center brass finial and was made circa 1815. It is inventory number 217009.


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