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American Decorative Arts
Maker: John Hoff, American, 1776–1818

Tall Case Clock


Cherry; white pine

95 3/4 × 20 1/8 × 10 1/16 in. (243.2 × 51.1 × 25.6 cm)
other (Frame, hood): 18 3/4 × 9 7/16 in. (47.7 × 23.9 cm)
other (Lower case): 67 1/4 × 19 × 13 3/16 in. (170.8 × 48.3 × 33.5 cm)
other (Frame, lower case): 13 3/16 × 7 1/4 in. (33.5 × 18.4
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Like his father, the German immigrant and clockmaker George Hoff, John Hoff, the maker of this clock movement, was part of a community of craftsmen in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area who continued to use traditional German clock-making techniques well into the nineteenth century. In this tall clock, a German-style movement is placed inside a distinctly American-style clock case, which features an inlaid eagle design derived from the Great Seal of the United States.
Made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
19th century

Joe Kindig, Jr., York, PA; Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Joe Kindig, Jr., advertisement,” Antiques 15, no. 5 (May 1929): 422, ill.

Theodore Sizer, “The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection of American Arts and Crafts,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 4 (December 1930): inside front cover, ill.

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), 146–149, no. 32, ill.

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