Moses Stiles Grain-painted Elm Tall Clock No. 88, Rahway, New Jersey, c. 1820, exaggerated swan's neck hood with cast brass concentric rosettes, fluted freestanding columns flanking the white-painted dial with anchors in the spandrels, and a ship- and flower-decorated arch, signed Moses Stiles No. 88, seconds bit, calendar aperture and pierced iron hands, serpentine-top waist door with beaded edge, fluted quarter-columns, all resting on high flared French feet, case entirely grained-painted to mimic mahogany, and constructed out of elmwood, eight-day time and hour-strike movement, ht. 85 in.
Note: According to S. and T. Spittler and C. Bailey's book Clockmakers and Watchmakers of America by Name and Place, Moses Stiles was born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1771, and died in 1854.
original painted surface, original dial paint, lacking weights, and pendulum rod, has brass-faced pendulum bob, case bottom has two splits, chunk of object right foot missing, small losses to string inlay around hood and around the bracket feet
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