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Object Name Clock, Tall Case
Catalog Number 1997.41
Collection Timepiece
Other Name tallcase clock
Date c. 1785
Description This is an English astronomical tall case clock. The case is veneered in book matched flame mahogany with satin wood and ebony banding with shell inlays in the waist door and base. The columns on the hood and in the waist are capped in brass Corinthian capitals. The case may be later than the movement. The silvered and engraved dial is 15" sq. with an arch at the top. Engraved in the arch is James Webb, Frome, Fecit. Engraved spandrels show a man at various times of the year, (lambing, harvesting grain, picking grapes and near a fire). The time dial is in a 24 hour configuration with 2 sets of roman numerals I - XII. On the inner ring a hour pointer is fixed at the London position, with a round brass disc on the opposite end. The outer section of this ring is calibrated form 0-180 East, and 0-180 West. The inner section is engraved with various cities and counties of the world. The innermost ring is calibrated for 0-29 1/2 indicating the lunar month. The month pointer is attached to the central arbor and contains a sphere capable of rotating to show the phase of the moon. The inner disc (7 " in diameter) appears to be a variation on James Ferguson's astronomical dial (see NAWCC Bulletin Vol. 48/5 No. 364, October 2006, pg.531-543) on which the ecliptic, equinoctial, and tropics are laid down, and all the stars of the first, second, and third magnitude that are ever seen in the latitude of London.
The brass 8-day, count wheel movement is driven by 2 chain hung cast iron weights and strikes the hours on a cast bell.

Maker James Webb
Material Mahogany, Brass
Place of Origin Frome, England, United Kingdom