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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 1808–13


Hood: 22 1/4 11 1/4 in. (56.515 28.575 cm) Hood (frame): 16 11/16 8 3/8 in. (42.386 21.273 cm) Lower case: 61 1/4 20 3/16 10 3/16 in. (155.575 51.276 25.876 cm) Lower case frame: 14 11/16 7 7/16 in. (37.306 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


The removable, arched, crown-molded hood has a conformingly shaped roof nailed with brads to the top edge of the arched hood-backboard and to a transverse batten set into a notch at its midpoint. The hood-backboard meets the entablature in dovetail joints with half-pins above and below. Its skirt is arched and rabbeted to allow it to fit over the top of the arched case-backboard. Single-piece entablature boards with single-piece architrave and cornice moldings are screwed from within the hood to its single-piece sides, whose glazed portals are rectangular within and elliptical without. At the front of the hood are fully round fluted colonettes. The rear colonettes are half-round (each with serpentine abacus and echinus), held together and to the upper and lower portions of the hood by a thin strip of wood at their respective backs, fixed with an assortment of screws and nails. The rabbeted hood sides fit into grooves in the tops of the side rails of the hood base. These side rails, themselves rabbeted at the back, are fixed with cut nails through their underside to the vertical elements above. They are tenoned and nailed to the front rail of the hood base. A single-piece molding is fixed, slightly proud of the base?s bottom to allow the hood to slide over the case, with brads. Examined by P.E. Kane and E. Litke, July 20, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


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.
Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 122.