A maple case tall clock made in New Hampshire, Concord area. This is a country form. Inventory number 217084.

This case exhibits good solid country proportions. The form should be familiar to those that collect central New Hampshire tall clocks.

This example features a case that is constructed primarily in maple and features a New England white pine backboard. The maple wood features an older finish that has mellowed into a darker tone. It now looks much like the color of cherry. This case stands on applied bracket feet which elevate the clock up off the floor. The waist door is tomb-stone shaped and trimmed with a simple molded edge. This door fills the waist section of the case. Open it and one can easily access the weights and brass faced pendulum bob. A nice construction feature are the four exposed pins that secure this door fame. The bonnet is a swan’s neck form. This pattern was very popular and is commonly found on a number of other Concord area cases. The moldings are boldly formed and terminate in carved pinwheels of various designs. This example includes three plinths that each support a cast brass period finial. The bonnet columns are simply turned and mounted in brass capitals. These visually support the arch molding. Smoothly turned quarter capitals are fitted into the back corners of the hood. The sidelights are a tomb-stone 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 colorfully painted dial is decorated with floral themes. Many of these are framed with a gilt border. The time track features large Roman style 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 time is indicated by lovely formed steel hands of a traditional pattern. In the lunette is a lunar calendar. This is designed to track the phases of the moon.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is 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 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 and stands approximately 84.5 inches tall.


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