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Newly acquired Tall Case Clock, have some history, looking for additional information

ZR WON

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Good evening all!

Second post of the day, but have a little more insight on the subject of this post. Attached you will find some photos of a (very) fine tall case clock, circa 1810. I have talked to a few well respected individuals on the east coast, and two believe it to be a Wood and Taylor case (New York state), another believes it could have come from New Jersey. There seems to be consensus it is Curtis or Nolin and Curtis Manufactory dial. I'm hoping there may some way to authenticate what it truly is. I will type that, based on the limited information I've been able to find on Wood and Taylor, this case certainly *appears* to match their style. I realize given the time that has passed since this was made, the chances of truly 'knowing' may be impossible. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

On a more personal note, this came from one of my oldest friends estates, and I've loved this clock for over 40 years (it was in his family for well over 100), and look forward to it being handed down to my son and future generations.

Brian A.

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Royce

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Brian A.,

First and foremost, welcome to the Message Board. I'm sure more knowledgeable people will be along to provide you some additional information on this beautiful clock.

I really like that one of your dear friends left you this magnificent clock and it will bring you such fond memories for years to come. Really good friends are hard to come by and It will be very special for you to pass this down to your son.

Royce
 

DeanT

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You might also want to attach some photos of the movement.

I'd expect Jim DuBois to be along at some point who will be able to give you some information. (not sure if I put the right one on here...)
 

jmclaugh

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A lovely case and Arabic numerals indicate 1800-30 if it was English. I'm sure it will always remind you of your friend.
 

Andy Dervan

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A very attractive and sophisticated case - I believe NY or NJ is probably good regional attribution. Attributing it to a particular case maker would require a careful physical examination of particular interior construction details that can be documented to a particular casemaker. Unfortunately there are so many casemakers that are unknown or poorly documented.

It would be helpful to see back of he dial for any signatures. It is difficult making attributions without good dial photographs

Movement photographs would be helpful to determine if it is American or English.

Andy Dervan
 

ZR WON

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Thank you all for the welcome!

And I'm pretty sure Jim / I communicated many months ago on a FB page before I actually had this clock in my possession. With regards to the dial, there is no identification whatsoever (no signature obviously, and nothing on the back either). I am all but certain it is an American movement, but do not have a photo currently (and don't want to remove the bonnet again). Finally, to clarify my original post, it was my friends PARENTS estate, he is very much still with us!

Brian A.
 

Jim DuBois

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Brian,

Here is a bit more detail around a clock sold recently having attributes similar to the clock in this thread.

"Emblazoned with an array of exquisitely rendered inlaid ornament, this tall-case clock is a masterpiece of the Federal aesthetic. Its urbane design and high quality workmanship reflect the sophistication of its attributed makers, Robert Wood and James S. or Jacob Taylor, cabinetmakers who worked separately in New York City during the early nineteenth century before establishing a partnership in rural Orange County in about 1810. In the Federal Census of that year, a Robert Wood and a James S. Taylor are listed in Goshen and Warwick respectively; both towns are approximately six miles from Florida. It is also possible that the second partner was Jacob Taylor, who is listed in Goshen in the 1820 census. All three are listed as cabinetmakers in the New York City directories at various times earlier in the century (John L. Scherer, New York Furniture at the New York State Museum (Alexandria, VA, 1983), pp. 36-37). During their collaboration in Orange County, it is likely that they maintained ties with allied craftsmen in New York City. Their inlaid ornament was probably supplied by a specialist from the City, as was the she-oak used for the astragal reserves. Part of the Casuarina family, she-oak was an exotic wood from Australia that was imported into American cities along the eastern seaboard (Robert D. Mussey, Jr., The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour (Salem, MA, 2003), p. 46)"

"Based upon a case with a paper label reading Wood & Taylor Cabinetmakers Florida, the Blair Collection clock case and at least three others can be attributed to the same woodworking shop. All display highly arched and star-inlaid pediments, case doors with distinctive crests with flattened arches, quarter columns and a similar configuration of border stringing. The Blair Collection clock is most closely related to a case at Winterthur Museum; both are more extensively inlaid, with twenty stars in the tympanum, a frieze of bookend and astragal reserves above the door and circular and oval reserves within the rectilinear case divisions. Like the Blair Collection example, one other clock bears the initials of its first owner in the bonnet rosettes (Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., Fine Americana, April 30-May 3, 1980, lot 1387; another clock sold Christie's New York, January 18-19, 2002, lot 397)."
 

Jbrian

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Beautiful tall case clock! Glad it found an owner like yourself as well.
 

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