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Luman Watson Carved & Inlaid Tall Case Clock

Lot 0157
Polychrome & gilt painted wooden dial with Arabic numerals, flowering basket in lunette and floral in spandrels, seconds dial above and calendar dial below center, signed on face L. Watson/ Cincinnati. Wooden 30 hour weight driven time, strike and date movement with original weights and pendulum. Pasted to the interior of the waiste (back board) is a circa 1887 inked inscription detailing this clocks history, including its purchase from an agent of Watson by Charles Spencer of Richwood, Spencer Co. Indiana in 1826 for $25 and the purchase of the case from the same agent in 1830 also for $25. After descending in the family for a period it was sold to a Geo. Elliot in 1887 for $5.00 and resold to John Sanders that same year for $15. Includes a copy of this document and a photograph of the clock in the Sanders home from the 1970's. The case is cherry with dovetailed bonnet with fine broken arch top with spiral carved rosette terminals and tulip carved central finial flanked by original turned finials at ends, over tombstone front (no door), flanked by full turned columns, front and rear. Panel above door has shallow intaglio floral carving below central finial and inlaid burl cherry ovals at ends. Waise with overlapping scroll top door in burl cherry with original brass knob, flanked by spiral carved quarter columns with acanthus carved and turned capitals and fern carved and turned plinths, front of waiste has unusual quartered circle sunken inlay with four projecting pointed leaves radiating from it, cove molding above and below. Base with inset sunken panel with raised square inside raised rectangle, flanking quarter columns with turned capitals and plinths, nicely scroll cut-out Hepplewhite feet and apron, poplar secondary wood, 18 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 91" high.


Refinished, small chips on waiste door, else Fine.

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Luman Watson Carved & Inlaid Tall Case Clock

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000Oct 01, 2017