Tall-case clock

about 1800–20

Object Place: Hanover, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 228.6 x 48.3 x 25.4 cm (90 x 19 x 10 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, brass, iron, glass

Not On View





The tall-case clock has a hood with an arched top holding a pierced fret and three plinths, each fitted with a brass eagle finial; the hood has free standing columns at front corners with brass capitals and bases, and with numerous round perforations at each side forming a diamond shape and with glazed hinged door. The white painted dial has Roman numerals for hour register and Arabic numerals for seconds with a date register. The spandrels are decorated in gold, red, green, and black, and the arched top has a moon phase register with a ship flying an American flag. The case has engaged quarter-columns flanking the long door, and is raised on a plinth base with short turned legs.


Stamped on inside of back panel: "852"


On dial: "John Bailey / Hanover"


Early history unknown; owned by George Tirrill, Malden Street, Boston, in the late nineteenth century; to his niece, Josephine Tirrill, later Mrs. William W. Andrews; to her daughter, Miss Majorie H. Andrews, Brooklyn, N.Y., the donor (Accession Date June 18, 1980)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Marjorie H. Andrews