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Tall Case Clock
early 1800s
John George Hoff (1733–1816) or John George Hoff (1788–1822)
USA: Pennsylvania, Lancaster
Walnut; glass
overall: 100 x 20 x 10 1/2 in.; 254 x 50.8 x 26.67 cm
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
77.80.5a-k

Tall Case Clock; a: hood; swan neck pediment; sand chattel rosettes; four plain columns, front ones with brass bases; b: trunk; light colored stringing; c: movement; image of ruins of a church over a cliff and a lake; reads "George Hoff / Lancaster"; d-f: weights; g: key; h: pendulum; i-k: three wooden finials.


Willis Michael purchased his first antique clock, possibly this tall case clock made by George Hoff, in the 1930s. The elder George Hoff was born and likely trained in Germany before he came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he started his clockmaking business in the 1760s. This example may have attracted Mr. Michael’s interest because it was crafted in a town near his own home. "Keeping Time: Clockmakers and Collectors," October 10, 2015 - ongoing (2017)