An inlaid mahogany tall case clock of Mid-Atlantic states origin. Unsigned moon phase dial..

This handsome and very narrow case is constructed in mahogany and features decorative inlay patterns and exhibits a modern surface or finish. This example is tall and stands approximately 8 feet 1 inches or 97 inches tall. It was made circa 1805.

This mahogany constructed case is elevated or stands up off the floor on four og bracket feet. The base panel is inlaid. The primarily pattern is of a compass star which is centered in the panel. It is quite large and features multiple shades of wood color and a large number of individual points. This is framed with a circular pattern of a triple line inlay. The waist is long and centers rectangular shaped waist door. This door is line inlaid. The perimeter is done with a light wood line. Another line pattern is stepped in from the edge by approximately ½ inch. The corners of this pattern are reversed. Through this door one can access the two cast iron weights and brass faced pendulum bob. The front corners of the waist are fitted with canted corners. This inlaid rectangles are positioned in this section. The hood is designed with a swan neck molding. This molding design is quite tall and light in its’ presentation. These center a turned wooden finial. The four hood columns are nicely turned and terminate in wooden capitals. The bonnet door is fitted with glass. The door opens to access the painted iron dial.

This colorfully painted dial features a moon phase or lunar calendar mechanism in the arch. The time track features large Roman numeral hour markers. The five minute markers are painted in an Arabic form. A subsidiary seconds dial and month calendar can be found in their traditional locations inside the time ring. The four spandrel areas are colorfully decorated in floral themes. A gilt border and a blue field frames the painted design. This dial was painted by the Wilson dial Manufactory in Birmingham, England and imported into this country.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned brass pillars that taper from a center ring support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are smooth and hold 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.


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