American, early 19th century. A tall case clock in cherry with cherry secondary, having a broken arch pediment with inlaid rosettes and three bulbous finials, the bonnet with free-standing columns flanking the original glass door, over a waist and box base with canted corners, the waist door with double-cyma curved top, edged with burled walnut inlay, over the paneled base and French feet. The dial with original polychrome paint and gilding, signed Read & Watson (prior to the partnership in Cincinnati ca 1810-1816). The movement seat board for the thirty-hour wooden movement stamped OR four times (for Orascus or Oliver Roberts, who also worked for Luman Watson). Pencil inscriptions on back of dial read Sam Wallens 1861 and Bought by Erskin R. Hayes Oct 1909, and a pencil inscription on inside of door reads James Kelly Belfast, Oh 1860 Clermont Co Jan 5th; ht. 94, wd. 18.25, dp. 9.25 in.
Inside the case are attached notes, one of which is address of a previous owner (another member of the Hayes family), another is a Wilmington, OH auction announcement that includes this clock, and the third is a wonderful and unquestioningly apocryphal story that dates this clock to the mid-eighteenth century and claims the original lead weights were used to make bullets during the American Revolution. Story does associate the clock with Hayes family, having been owned by them in Blanchester, Ohio. For a nearly identical example, see James W. Gibbs, ; Buckey Horology , page 15. ;
Provenance: Previously sold in these rooms November 14, 2003, lot 90 for $20,700 (price realized)
Ex Paul A. Heffner Collection