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From: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 10 (Alexandria, Va.: Highland House Publishers, 1987), 2627, fig. P6323
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Edward Spalding, American, 1732–1785


91 × 21 1/4 × 9 1/2 in. (231.141 × 53.975 × 24.13 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (backboard, some blocks in waist); white pine (some blocks in waist, seat board); yellow poplar (some blocks in waist, top of hood, back of hood); cherry (rail at top of case, surround for face, base of hood)


"Edward / Spalding [in script] / PROVIDENCE," engraved on boss in dial arch


"671 / H [or St?]," in graphite, on interior waist door; "222[?]," in graphite, on interior back board


Mrs. Dillenbach, New York; sold by her to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, by 1987; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Irving Schorsch, Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 18–19, 2001, lot 762; sold to Clarence L. Prickett, Yardley, Pennsylvania

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Mrs. Dillenbach
Irvin G. Schorsch, Jr.
Clarence L. Prickett
Anita Schorsch


The removable hood has a multi-board roof shaped to align with its arched façade and fixed with brads to the tops of the scrollboard and the hood?s backboard, whose arched bottom edge is rabbeted to fit over the case?s backboard. The hood backboard?s ends are nailed into rabbets at the back of the hood?s friezeboards. The single-piece beaded cove cornice molding is fixed with brads to the hood?s friezeboard and arched scrollboard. At the top of the scrollboard is a multi-part keystone element with a fluted frieze, attached to the entablature with wood-filled fasteners, above which is a spherical fluted finial with a turned base and corkscrew-carved flame atop a rectangular one-piece plinth, flanked by matching finials and plinths. A single-piece architrave molding is fixed with brads and wood-filled fasteners. The single-board, solid hood sides are fixed to the frieze boards with screws, are rabbeted at the back to fit over the case?s backboard, and fit into grooves in the transverse boards of the hood base. Half-round fluted colonnettes are tenoned to the underside of the frieze boards and to the top of the hood base. Surrounding and glued to each tenon are the colonnettes? separate capitals, abaci, bases and plinths. There are full colonnettes with separate abaci and plinths at the front of the hood. The small molding nailed with brads to the bottom of the hood allows it to slide onto the case over the large beaded cove molding at the top of the waist. In the corners of the waisted case are vertical triangular glue blocks. The rails of the case waist are tenoned, without wood pins, to their stiles, which are butted to the single-board sides. The rails of the arched, thumb-molded waist door are mitered and through-tenoned to their stiles, centering a convex-blocked panel with an applied shell tenoned and wood-pinned to the rails and stiles. The large ogee molding between waist and base is held on with brads and wood-filled fasteners. The base front is a frame of rails tenoned, without wood pins, to stiles which are butted to the single-board base sides. Within the frame is a single-board panel with thumb-molded edges. The base molding is applied with wood-filled fasteners. Examined by P. E. Kane, August 5, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 139, no. 2 (February 1991): 288, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Silver, Prints, Folk Art, Furniture, and Property Formerly in the Estate of Ulysses S. Grant, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2001), 277, lot 762, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques 159, no. 1 (January 2001): 59.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 10, p. 2627, no. P6323, ill.