The flat bonnet surmounted by a flat gallery featuring chrome yellow decoration centered by
three chimneys above door opening to dial with floral decoration within each of the four raised
gilt spandrels and panoply of Masonic symbols within arch. The thirty-hour wooden movement
with ivory bushings; calendar and seconds bit made by the important clockmaker, Silas Hoadley
(1786-1870) at Plymouth, Connecticut; signed on dial S. Hoadley-Plymouth. The waisted case
with rectangular door raised on a base resting on cutout French feet centering a drop-panel.
This grandfather clock case speaks to the traditions of James Charles Cole, who was born in
Boston in 1791 and died in Rochester, New Hampshire, December 23, 1867. Cole was a prolific
clockmaker who also trained as a watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith. The amazing painted
surface remains in an original untouched state and is truly wonderful. Ex Herschel Burt
Collection. (H: 82”.)
Pierced scrolled-top hood with freestanding fluted columns flanking the Roman numeral
painted iron dial signed Silas Parsons, floral spandrels…an urn decorated the arch;
calendar and seconds subsidiary dials, similar carved quarter-columns flanking the full-
length tombstone waist door, all resting on a two-stage molded base and delicate ogee
bracket feet, eight-day time and hour strike movement, powered by two tin-cased
weights and regulated by a wire rod pendulum. Typical of Parson’s cases are the
dimensions; height: 87.5, depth of case at waist is only: 6.25-inches deep.
The surface possibly original.
Rufus Cole worked in partnership with his father, Abraham, in the Mohawk Valley of New York at Broadalbin - just west of Albany, father and son’s combined talents and skills to produce notable tall case clocks during the 1820s and the early 1830s. Abraham Cole is listed in the 1835 Grantor Records of Montgomery County as carpenter and co-owner of a sawmill with son Rufus listed as a painter…underscoring the logic that father made the cases while son painted and decorated. The year 1850 finds Rufus listed as a 46-year-old painter within the Fulton County census; he was painting houses, signs and carriages long after woodworks tall clocks were no longer being made.
This duo incorporated a variety of 30-hour wooden works made by prominent makers of the period; all bonnets and cases are similar; finial shapes vary. (These finials are original.) This dramatic example features imaginative whirling flourishes grained in shades of brownish-red against a background of ochre-yellow producing a feast of motion, color and light. While the paint was wet, Cole created faux-inlay stringing by carefully removing the paint solution in straight lines. The elaborately ornamented case is gilt stenciled with bronze powder motifs found on the bonnet, throat and base…featured are diamond shaped devices on the throat and base that are painted black that present a strong contrasting palate for over-stenciled baskets of fruits and flowers. Adding a touch of whimsy are the top hats painted on the returns of the “broken arch” bonnet pediment; other motifs include foliage, flowers and pineapple; of great importance is the decorator’s signature “R. Cole/Painter” which is stenciled on the base apron.
The 30-hour movement and seat-board appear to be original to the case. The case and its decoration remain in a most high state of originality with only extremely minor conservation that David will be happy to explain. (Height: 84”; width: 17”; depth: 10”) Please know that shipping/delivery is easy, reasonable and not a problem.
An interesting country example, probably John Taylor; spelling varied frequently and was often phonetic (See Loomes). Bulkington is listed as a town in Warwickshire, and again the spelling difference is not significant. The movement is most interesting; time and strike great wheels are on a single arbor; a rare arrangement. Talor was a superbly skilled mechanic; he made the clock his way!
It appears that Talor may have been a gunsmith by training. Many blacksmiths and gunsmiths made the occasional clock as they were mechanics with skills necessary to create various objects in metal. The treatment and design of iron parts relate to a gunsmith's oeuvre. The pillars and posts are iron and feature most unusual turnings including orbs, rings and reels. The "bright" finish is more decorative than most clocks of the period. The plates on most tall clocks are brass, unlike this movement; the plates are iron with brass bushings suggesting that the maker did not have access to enough brass. yet the dial is standard and doesn't contradict the maker's attention to detailing the movement; the maker most likely obtained the dial from a specialist.
Eight-day movement, dolphin spandrels centering makers disk on the arch over mask spandrels at each of four corners; brass chapter ring, matted dial center with date aperture and seconds dial; original case in as found condition. (Some ancient beetle damage limited to engaged quarter-columns of hood door; other very minor imperfections consistent with age. Height to finials: 89"; H: 82.5")
An elaborate inlaid burl-wood tall case clock with a 30-day movement, carved
The case rests on a bombe base and features allover scrolling, bird, floral, and tulip inlaid motifs; the hood with pierced and scrolled sound vents, and carved pilasters centering the dial. The elaborate case houses a movement by, Hasius; one of the finest Dutch makers. The dial plate features elaborate cast spandrels and a finely matted dial center within the chapter ring; moon dial, date and day wheels, and a second spit; pierced steel hands appear to be original; key wind 30-day, two-bell quarter-striking weight driven train. (H: 88.5")
The molded arched bonnet with carved rosettes centered by a brass urn finial over astragal molding; glazed lights on both sides of the bonnet. The case is made in three pieces, the hood, waist and base...each section received by the applied molding of supporting section.
The arched and glazed door opening to the dial with enameled pewter hands, second and calendar bits and an extremely rare animated orb encircled by a molded ring centering raised cast spandrels...all above the larger than usual chapter ring with engraved and enameled Roman and Arabic numerals. The dial center has full coverage tight diapering; crosshatch engraving; each dial plate corner with raised-work corner spandrels. The movement is American made (With smooth barrels.) day and second registers. Attached to the dial is an engraved plate that reads-Issac [sic?] Parker-Deerfield; possibly engraved by Parker who is known to have been a competent silversmith. The waisted case with carved quarter-columns has rectangular door with tombstone shaped profile that is hung from original fancy strap hinges and is fitted with a unique upside down kitten head pendulum light. The door lock escutcheon is original. The molded base is raised on applied bracket beneath a compound molding...the feet have simple returns and are centered by a small half circle drop.
Isaac Parker (1749-1805)
Parker was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and probably trained as a silversmith under his uncle, John Welsh; worked as silversmith in Boston circa 1770-1776. Isaac Parker served as a corporal in Captain Jonas Locke's company of Minute Men and was on active service for 33 days beginning April 19, 1775. According to the Daughters of the American Revolution records, Parker enlisted twice.
It is known that Parker married Deborah Williams of Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1776 and surmised that they moved to Deerfield because his wife had family in the area. Parker set up shop as a jeweler and watchmaker at Deerfield circa 1776-1778, possibly with his uncle, Daniel Parker (1726-1785.) Parker manufactured and repaired shoe buckles, knee buckles, rings, and teaspoons. In spite of his long career as a jeweler in Deerfield, little evidence of Parker's craft survives. He apparently returned to Boston circa 1789 where he was listed as a merchant.
Only Three objects can be securely attributed to Parker: The above described tall-clock, a tablespoon at Yale marked "I.PARKER" and a teaspoon marked "I.P" at Memorial Hall Museum, PVMA, with a history of ownership in the Catlin family.
David Evans and his partner Peter Higgs, the London clockmakers had a successful trading contact with Spain. Clocks destined for the Spanish market were signed 'Higgs y Diego Evans, Londres' rather than his usual 'David Evans, Royal Exchange, London'.
This example features overall Mandarin, pagoda and guilloche vignettes done in flat and slightly raised japanned lacquer ornamentation; predominantly with gold gilt against a red ground.
The pagoda top with sounding aperture on a domed molded cornice above the astragal-glazed door with notched corners is fitted to the conforming bonnet and has side-lights. The door opens to a brass dial with reticulated gilt-brass spandrels; brushed dial center and a silvered chapter ring having enameled Roman and Arabic numerals. The chapter ring centering a seconds dial above apertures for time and strike, and a recessed date ring, centered by the engraved and enameled shaped signature plaque...all beneath the tombstone arch with cast spandrels centered by the subsidiary dial; dial center is textured; the ring is marked (Tocar/Silencio) for Chime-Not Chime and is flanked by conforming spandrels. All hands are blued steel. The weights, pendulum and key are present.
The hood over rectangular cove molded waisted case with tombstone-arched molded door raised on a molded plinth base.
The surface and decoration remain in very good condition with only scattered losses...pretty much confined to hood. (Height: 98.5".)
Brass face having cast brass spandrels centering chapter ring with Roman numerals; the molded hood with engaged quarter columns at rear; double pinned mortise and tenon constructed glazed door with applied turned and split columns opens to dial. The hood above the center section with rectangular door hung from strap hinges...raised on molded base. Restoration to lower 6" of base, all else very good. Weights, hand, and pendulum appear to be original.
The swans-neck molding with scrolled lobes is beautifully molded and is above a mahogany cross-banded bonnet with arched door flanked by turned and fluted columns having brass plinths and capitols...the door retains original cast brass with lion head knob opens to the enameled dial painted with birds and flowers; beautiful painted spandrels featuring scroll, leaf and bird decoration center the dial with Roman and Arabic chapter rings; calendar aperture and second spit; time and strike movement; oval glazed side-lights. The waist with double-arch molded door above the molded base with shaped profile raised on straight French feet joined by lobed profile with center drop. Possibly original surface...dry patina...tight shrinkage cracks in base; very small veneer loss with all else fine. (Height: 90.5"; Case Width: 14.25"; Case Depth: 8".)
The swan's neck molding and spun brass finials above a tall cross-banded pediment above the door that opens to a enamel dial; brass eight-day movement
With moon phase, calendar and second bit. The dial retains original paint with only the dial-posts having touch-up. Hood with side-lights, quarter columns and full front columns with brass hardware on cornice above the waist with inset fluted quarter-columns on the base raised on restored applied bracket feet.
The clock is in running order; poplar and pine secondary woods.
(Height to Finial: 91.5".)
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