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Maker(s):Eaton, Isaiah
Title:tall case clock
Date Made:1790-1810
Type:Furniture; Timekeeping
Materials:wood: cherry; glass base metal: brass, iron, steel
Place Made:United States; New Hampshire, Walpole
Measurements:overall: 93 x 20 x 10 1/8 in.
Accession Number:  HD 2014.19.81
Credit Line:D.J. & Alice Shumway Nadeau Collection
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Case: The arched bonnet with astragal side lights is surmounted by three fluted finial plinths framing two scrolled frets and set with urn and spiral flame finials. Plain-turned columns flank the glazed door (lock missing) and plain-turned quarter-columns are set into the corner of the sides and projecting edges of the back. The bonnet rests on a deep cove molding at the top of the waist. The solid back panel runs the length of the case. The waist door with astragal top is edged with applied molding and is set with a lock (escutcheon missing) and small circular window in molded frame at pendulum level. A cove molding links the waist to the base, which is embellished with a raised panel on the front and sides of its lower edge. Five ogee bracket feet—one at each corner and one at the front center, support the base. Description, works: The clock features an eight-day movement with anchor escapement and a bell for striking the hours. The brass face features a seconds dial above the arbor supporting the hour and minute hands. The face is engraved “ISAIAH EATON,” “WALPOLE, and, across the arch, “ABI TRANSIT HORA AMBULA IN LUCE” (Go on, the hour passes, walk in the light). The spandrels are embellished with floral engraving.
Provenance: Ward, Shumway, Nadeau. The donor attributed this clock to Walpole, New Hampshire; Eaton is not listed in Parsons, “New Hampshire Clockmakers.”

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