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Help with identifying maker and era of a Tall Clock

UltraTitan

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Hello folks,

New member here. My family is downsizing and we have two tall clocks. One has been in my family since the late 1700s (wow!) and the other was my great aunt's. She was born in 1900 in Maryland.

Pics of her clock attached.

I'm looking for help with identifying the maker and era of this clock. Poking around the forums - a clock with a similar dial was just posted ( https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/newly-...r-additional-information.181230/#post-1478886 ) - might the dial be Curtis or Nolin and Curtis?

I will be posting a seperate thread on the other clock - I am doing a deep dive on it because I do know the maker. You will be in for a treat! But in the meantime, any help with this one will be greatly appreciated.

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jmclaugh

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Identifying a maker with no name on the dial is unlikely. The style of the dial if English suggests late 1700s. Have you checked the back of the dial as it might have a dialmaker's mark?
 

Jim DuBois

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From the little that can be ascertained from these two photos; This clock is likely American, most likely from Pennsylvania, circa 1800-1820. The hands are suggestive of PA clockwork. The tin can weights are decidedly American. The inlays suggest it to be from one of the more refined makers nearer to larger populations in PA. The case style is more formal than country. Photos of the rest of the case including the feet, some photos of the movement, what is the primary wood in the case etc. would be helpful in researching the clock.
 

UltraTitan

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Thank you for the information. Full length photo which shows the feet (though partially obscured by the chair, I apologize) attached.

I'll try to get more detailed photos of the inside this weekend.

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You can very often make out the name of the maker by shining a bright torch sideways onto the dial in a darkened room. An ultra violet light also usually shows up the name. I would suggest you look under the date dial or between the 35 & 25 minute markers. The hands look like replacements to me.
 

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Such hands happen on Penn clocks of the period from time to time. Here is another example from a Skinner auction. They are not common but I have seen a couple with such hands. From what we can see of the rest of the clock the hands are most likely correct.

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