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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF5615

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 128 in. (325.12 cm) Width: 11 in. (27.94 cm)

Date

1785–1795

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (corner blocks, backboard, moldings on inside panel of door)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“Rep? April 1867 / Oiled Nov 1877 Booth,” inscribed on interior of waist door; “Cleaned Nov 1880 / Cleaned & Repaired / Sept 1885 / By J E Booth,” in graphite, on interior of waist door; “Cleaned Nov / 1880 / Booth,” in graphite, on interior back of case

Provenance

Descended in the Knowles family. Private collection, 1980

Associated names

Knowles family

Construction

The removable hood has an arched, crown-molded top with three fluted plinths supporting fluted, urn-form finials with corkscrew flames. The arched, molded, and glazed door below, which opens to a painted dial and works, is flanked by a round, fluted free-standing colonettes with turned bases and capitals. The side panels contain small elliptical glazed portals behind which are half-round fluted colonettes with turned bases and capitals. The case below features a large beaded cove molding above an arched, thumb-molded, convex blocked and shell-carved hinged door, tenoned and mitered at the corners. On the back of the door are mitered strips within the panel, nailed to the door front with brads, and two screws securing the carved shell. Within the case are multiple chamfered vertical glue blocks. The raised panel base sits on truncated ogee bracket feet. Inspected by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 22, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.