An unsigned inlaid mahogany case tall case clock of North New Jersey or New York origin.

This clock case most likely made in northern New Jersey or Eastern New York even New York City. We have owned and sold a relatively large number of examples have share a very similar form and case presentation. Several of which were signed by the clockmakers Joakim Hill and his competitors as well as Samuel Martin.

This narrowly proportioned mahogany case features excellent woods selections throughout the design of the case. The case stands on bracket feet. The front two are joined by a nicely shaped apron that hangs below the base.A horizontal line of light line inlay separates the feet from the base. The base panel centers a crotch veneer. This is formatted in a circular pattern that is trimmed with a light line inlay. The framing is broad and in mitered at the corners in a forty-five degree angle. As a result, four selections of veneer are used to frame the circular inlay and square off the base. An addition light line inlay trims the outer edge of the panel. The waist section is long and narrow which is typical for this region. The waist door is nicely shaped at the top. Please note the use of figured veneers in the oval panel found in the center of the waist door. An additional oval is incorporated in the Irish panel which is located below the waist door. These are also framed in a similar manner to that of the circle in the base. Finely reeded quarter columns are inset in the corners of the waist. These terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals. The upper section of the waist is inlaid with three sections of bookend inlay. This forms two panels in the neck of the waist which are inlaid with figured mahogany. Bookend inlays are also exhibited in the upper section of the hood. The hood or bonnet features a swan’s neck pediment that terminates in inlaid rosettes. This decorative inlay pattern is applied to the end of the arches. It is also repeated four times in the facade or tampium. The hood is surmounted by three brass finials which are mounted on bookend inlaid plinths. The molded arch is fitted with an inlaid key in the center. Fully turned and fully reeded bonnet columns flank the arched glazed door. This door opens to a colorfully painted iron dial.

The iron dial features a lunar calendar or moon phase indicator in the arch. The spandrel areas are decorated with colorful floral patterns. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and month calendar.

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 cord. 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 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 on a bell stand. It is good quality.

This clock was made circa 1815 and stands approximately 7 feet 6 inches tall.


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