Tall Case Clock

Collection Type

  • Clocks and timekeeping






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.


Descriptive Terms

tall case clocks
pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
rosewood (wood)
inlays (decorations)
Clock, Tall Case


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.


Allen Killey / Sandwich (Singature)

Associated Person

Thacher, Mary

Associated Building

Used At Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number



Killey, Allen (Maker)

Location of Origin

Sandwich, MA, USA


92 1/4 x 22 3/16 x 10 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Estate of Guido R. Perera

Accession Number



Massachusetts (United States)