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Photo: Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, 1930.2286
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Unknown
Dial maker James Osborne, active 1808 - 1813


Hood: 22 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (56.515 x 28.575 cm) Hood (frame): 16 11/16 x 8 3/8 in. (42.386 x 21.273 cm) Lower case: 61 1/4 x 20 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. (155.575 x 51.276 x 25.876 cm) Lower case frame: 14 11/16 x 7 7/16 in. (37.306 x 18.891 cm) Height: 88 in. (223.52 cm) Clock height including finial: 89 1/4 in. (226.696 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); basswood (top of hood, back board, and glue block in case); white pine (back of hood)


"Osborne's / Manufactory / Birmingham," cast in intermediate plate between movement and dial facing main dial; "Osborne's / Manufactory / Birmingham," stamped on moon and calendar dials


Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1929; sold to Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1930

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Francis P. Garvan


Edwin A. Battison and Patricia E. Kane, The American Clock, 1725–1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 158–161, no. 35, ill.
Douglass Scott, Joan Ketter, and Michael Boodro, The American Clock, 1725–1865, Forgeries and Restorations in American Furniture: Two Yale Student Exhibitions, May 18–June 28, 1974, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Garvan Furniture Study, May 18–June 28, 1974), no. 36.