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Tall Case Clock
ca. 1780
John Fisher, Sr.
USA: Pennsylvania, York
Crotched grain veneer, brass, glass, metal
overall: 90 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.; 229.87 x 49.53 x 26.67 cm
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
75.66.18a-h

Tall Case Clock; a: hood: flat-top, dovetailed corners; turned pillars; arched glass (tympanum); b: trunk case: long, ogee bracket feet, fluted quarter columns with turned capitals; crotched grain veneered door; dial: painted metal: "John Fisher/ York Town"; movement: eight-day, brass movement, hour strike; moon phase sweep second hand and sweep calendar; c: weight; d: pendulum; e: weight; f: movement; g: winding key; h: door key.


German-born Pennsylvania clockmaker John Fisher was particularly skilled; he built a number of astronomical clocks that tracked the position of the sun and the moon or the signs of the zodiac for use at schools or colleges. As a newspaper writer in his time described, his extraordinary clocks brought him “distinguished professional celebrity.” Fisher also crafted many clocks for home use, like this one.



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