Unsigned American Tallcase

Unsigned American Tallcase

Height 7' 6", cherry, ca. 1778-1798.

I cannot find a makers mark or signature so I am not sure who made this clock. But there are some interesting markings; the dial false plate is marked “Osborne’s Manufactory Birmingham”, the movement is marked “No 125”, the movement seat board is marked “Whittimon”, and the inside door has writing “Wm. Jacobs Sept 11th 189..”.

Three brass finials and wood fretwork at the top of the hood. Tombstone shaped glass in sides to see movement. Full columns to sides of the hood door.

Painted iron dial with roman numerals. Decorations at corners are gold painted and raised gesso.

Quarter ribbed columns below. Door to weights and pendulum has an unusual shape. Almost a wave pattern at the top. Two very old tin can weights inside. Brass pendulum bob on a carved wood stick. Nice ogee feet on bottom.

Movement seems straight forward until you inspect it closer. The two plates were modified so that small brass tabs extend on the top. And one of the gears is located there. Very well done so assuming it was from when it was made. And no idea why it was done.

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