American Decorative Arts

Tall Case Clock


Walnut; backboard, red oak; top of hood, yellow poplar

92 5/8 x 17 11/16 x 10 5/8 in. (235.3 x 44.9 x 27 cm) other (Frame, hood): 18 3/8 x 9 in.(46.7 x 22.9 cm) other (Lower case): 64 9/16 x 18 1/8 x 9 in.(164 x 46 x 22.9 cm) other (Frame, lower case): 13 15/16 x 6 3/4 in.(35.4 x 17.1 cm) other (Dial): 16
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Constructed in the German clockmaking tradition, the movement, dial, and hands of this clock are almost identical to early examples made by George Hoff of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who emigrated from Germany in 1765. The walnut case with yellow poplar secondary woods also suggests a Pennsylvanian origin for the clock, as do the large wrought-iron hinges with exaggerated, splayed ends reminiscent of Pennsylvania German ironwork.
18th century
Made in Pennsylvania
By appointment

H. C. Taylor, Kennebunk, ME; Francis P. Garvan, New York (1929). Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Edwin A. Battison and Patricia E. Kane, The American Clock, 1725–1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 114–117, no. 24, ill.

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