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Photo: Courtesy The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Va., 1951-578 A
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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF6731

Maker

Attributed to Daniel Spencer, 1741–1796
Clockmaker Thomas Walker, active 1775–1785

Dimensions

95 1/2 21 5/8 11 1/8 in. (242.6 54.9 28.3 cm)

Date

1793–1796

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Made in Lexington, Kentucky
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Black walnut (primary); chestnut, backboard; southern yellow pine, saddle board

Marks

"Thomas Walker / Fredsburg," engraved on dial

Inscriptions

"F J Heintz / 2 16 1901 / cleaned," in graphite, inside backboard; "FM Shirley / cleaned / Jan 1954," in graphite, inside backboard; "24012," [Ginsburg and Levy inventory number] in chalk, at top and bottom of backboard; " Dec 21-82 / Do Aug 17 1867 / A M Perham feb 5 1852 / Owenton Owen County KY / Nov. 10 1863 / George Easly / June 2 1865 / Do Aug 21/69 / Apr 27-1875 Jan 8/ 1881," in graphite, inside waist door

Provenance

Abe Keyman, New York, 1947; sold to Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York; sold in 1951 to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Associated names

Abe Keyman
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.

Bibliography

Tara Gleason Chicirda and Mack Cox, "A Rhode Island Cabinetmaker in Kentucky: Revelations of a Clock Reexamined," American Furniture (2018): 175–78, 181–84, 188, fig. 6, 10, 17–21, 24, 26, 31.