Clockwork Dinner Bell

Collection Type

  • Clocks and timekeeping

Date

1800-1824

GUSN

GUSN-61458

Description

Carved wooden figure of a black man holding a hammer in his right hand and a bell in his left. The man is standing with his left leg slightly forward. Painted decoration of a black military style coat with metal epaulettes, maroon vest, dark yellow trousers, and black boots. Painted gilt decoration on coat collar and buttons. A spring mechanism affixed to the back of the figure causes the hand holding the hammer to strike the bell and makes the eyes and chin move up and down. There is evidence that the figure originally wore a hat which is now missing.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bells (idiophones)
figurines
wood (plant material)
iron (metal)
painting (coating)
Bell, Service

Associated Building

Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United States

Object Type

Sound Communication T&E

Dimensions

29 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann

Accession Number

1942.1981