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Dwarf Clock
ca. 1800
Noah Ranlet
USA: New Hampshire, Gilmanton
Birch; metal; brass; glass
c weight: 5-1/4"h x 4-1/2"w x 1-3/4"d; overall: 60.5 in x 15.75 in x 9 in
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
75.66.17a-j

Dwarf clock; a: hood: flat-top; applied broken-arch pendiment with gallery on four sides; b: trunk case: molding base (no feet); primitive; paneled door; c: cube-shaped weight, lead (?) d--e: weights; f: finial: brass urn-shape; g: trunk door key; h: movement: dia is kidney-shaped painted metal, brass alarum, one winding hole (weight); movement: eight-day, brass timepiece with alarum; step-train movement with New Hampshire "cutouts"; i: pendulum; j: winding key.


Small versions of tall case clocks, later called dwarf or grandmother clocks, were in vogue in the early 1800s. Due to their smaller size, these clocks cost less. This one strikes the hour, has an alarm and runs for eight days after winding, just like a full-sized tall case clock. This clock’s size, case style and face shape suggest it was the work of New Hampshire maker Noah Ranlet. "Keeping Time: Clockmakers and Collectors," October 10, 2015 - ongoing (2017)



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