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Photo: Courtesy Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, bequest of Henry A. Hoffman, 1953.1.44
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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF6110

Maker

Casemaker Holmes Weaver, American, 1769 - 1848, active 1796–1848
Clockmaker Unknown
Dialmaker Osborne's Manufactory

Dimensions

218.44 x 34.29 x 24.77 cm (86 x 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.)

Date

1805–1810

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

"Holmes Weaver, / CABINET AND CHAIR-MAKER / Meeting-Street, / NEWPORT. / H [illegible text]," printed in ink on a paper label glued to interior waist door; “OSBORNE,” engraved on back of false plate

Inscriptions

"$60//," in ink, on proper left upper corner of label on waist door; “Cleaned 8 – 21– 25 / E. C. Merrett (double check),” in graphite, on interior of waist door

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Henry A. Hoffman (born 1873), Litchfield, Connecticut, and Barrington, Rhode, Island; bequeathed to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1953

Associated names

Henry A. Hoffman

Construction

The removable hood has a three-board roof of thin, paper-covered transverse boards shaped to align with its arched fašade. The arched hood backboard has an arched skirt and is dovetailed to transverse boards to which are fixed a single-piece cornice molding, mitered at its front corners. Atop this molding are three rectangular plinths, the central one slightly taller, with simple caps and fluted fronts, each supporting a brass ball-and-steeple finial. Open single-piece fretwork between the plinths is attached to the plinths and the hood by small rectangular glue blocks, those on the proper right being almost entirely missing. The single-board veneered hood sides center a glazed rectangular portal, are fixed to the transverse board behind the cornice with rosehead nails, and are set into grooves in the transverse boards of the hood base. In the corners between the hood side and the dial mat are multiple vertical chamfered glue blocks. The dial mat?s stiles are tenoned without wood pins to its rails. The rails of the glazed and veneered hood door are tenoned without wood pins to its rails; the lower joints are mitered. At the back of the transverse boards of the hood base, at right angle to the hood sides, are simple pilasters with wood caps. The proper right pilaster is held to the base with a small glue block. At the front of the boards are partially fluted colonnettes with brass bases and capitals. The transverse boards of the hood base are tenoned to the front board without wood pins. A small single-piece molding fixed to the base with brads is proud of its bottom, allowing the board to fit over the large single-piece molding nailed with brads to the top of the case waist. Blocking which supports the movement?s saddle board is rabbeted to fit over the top of the single-board case sides and contains screws and nails attaching it to the edges of the case?s backboard. The rails of the case waist are tenoned without wood pins to their stiles. Blocks atop the waist?s fluted quarter columns are butt-jointed to the front stiles and single-board case sides. The quarter columns? brass capitals and bases are nailed in with brass domed-top brads. In the corners of the case are vertical chamfered glue blocks; the proper right blocks are also nailed to the case sides and back. The waist door is a single piece, cockbeaded and veneered. The single-piece molding between waist and base is face-nailed with brads. The single-piece base sides and front meet in mitre joints, and the molding below is held on with wood-filled fasteners. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, November 10, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

Movement: 8-day brass time and strike

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of The Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 17, no. 3 (July 1958): 96–97, no. 44, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 98, 109, 410–12, no. 95, fig. 1–2.