This is a very good example of an inlaid mahogany case tall clock made in the Boston area of Massachusetts circa 1795. 217085

This case exhibits traditional Boston proportions. This form was made popular by the Willard family of clockmakers and their apprentices. This example is not signed on the dial but was surely made by someone in this very active community of clockmakers. This example stands approximately 8 feet 1 inches tall to the top of the center eagle finial. It is constructed in mahogany and retains a classic shellac finish that highlights the sweeping grain pattern exhibited in the case construction. This case is also decorated with light line inlay and a central patera in the base. The secondary wood used in the construction of this case is New England white pine.

This impressive example stands on four applied ogee bracket feet. They are applied directly to the bottom of the case and to the double stepped base molding. The base panel exhibits an excellent horizontal grain pattern. It is decorated with inlay. In the center is a full patera or fan. This is framed with a delicate line pattern that features ovolo corners. The waist section is long and accentuates the excellent proportions of the case. It fitted with a large tombstone shaped waist door that is trimmed with an applied molding. The sides or corners of the waist are fitted with inset quarter columns. These are fully fluted and stopped with brass. They terminate in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet is fitted with a traditional New England style fret pattern. This is support by three final plinths that are capped at the top. Each supports a brass finial. The center finial is fitted with an eagle. Fully turned and brass stop fluted bonnet columns or colonnades visually support the upper bonnet molding. These are mounted in brass capitals and are free standing. The sides of the hood are fitted with tombstone shaped side lights and they are fitted with glass. The arched bonnet door is also fitted with glass and opens to access the painted iron dial. Please note the dial mask is painted in blue. The interior edge is trimmed in gold paint.

This 13 inch wide dial features a moon phase or lunar calendar mechanism in the arch. The time track features Roman style hour numerals. The five minute markers are painted in an Arabic form. A subsidiary seconds dial and month calendar can bee seen inside the time ring. The four spandrel areas are decorated with lacy patterns. This is done with applied gesso and is highlighted with gilt paint. Colorful birds are depicted inside the time ring. This dial is not signed by the Maker.

This fine movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. Four turned pillars support the two brass plates. Hardened steel shafts support the polished steel pinions and brass gearing. The winding drums are grooved. The escapement is designed as 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.

This clock was made circa 1795. It has the following dimensions in inches: overall height 97, width at the upper hood molding 21.25 and depth at this location 10.25.



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