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Tall Case Clock

1999.213 (RS34713)


Late Federal period styling. Bonnet top with fretwork crest having linked circles, brass ball finial atop plinths at center and ends of crest. Enameled face with red ornament at top having green swags and gilt scrollwork. Design is repeated in spandrels on smaller scale and with less color. Dial is painted with arabic numerals. Clock is signed "Allen Killey / Sandwich". Face is flanked by receeded columns with simple brass captial and base. Waist door veneered with rosewood and figured lightwood bands with string inlays between mahogany veneer at center. Quarter-round swelled reeded columns flank door sitting atop lightwood veneered plinth. Base has figured mahogany veneered center with lightwood and mahogany bands surrounding, repeat of line inlays used on door. Serpentine skirt with French feet.


The design of this tall case clock, one of several owned by Mary Thacher, imitates the stylish cases of clocks made closer to Boston in the early 1800s, although this one was made later. Eliphalet Edson, a local cabinetmaker, made the case. He also made a variety of other furniture, including stands, desks, bedsteads, and occasionally, chests of drawers or card tables. He used primarily maple, birch, or pine, but also mahogany at times. The works of the clock were made by Allen Killey, who purchased the case from Edson for forty-two dollars. Like much Cape Cod furniture of the early nineteenth century, the clock displays fine proportions and attractive lines, but is traditional in style. It is now on display at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Killey, Allen (Maker)
Allen Killey / Sandwich (Singature)
Location of origin
Sandwich, MA, USA
Associated Building
Used At Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.).
inlays (decorations)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
rosewood (wood)
Object type
Timekeeping T&E
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Clock, Tall Case
inlays (decorations)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
rosewood (wood)
tall case clocks
People and organizations
Thacher, Mary
92 1/4 x 22 3/16 x 10 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Estate of Guido R. Perera