Solomon Parke (active Philadelphia, 1797-1801) signed Federal tall case clock, cherry with white pine secondary and lighter wood inlay. 8 day brass movement, weight driven time and strike; bell signed G. Ainsworth Warr for George Ainsworth of England, who exported clock parts to the United States. String inlaid hood with molded swan's neck pediment, brass medallion roundels and two wooden finials, the arched glazed door flanked by turned, tapered colonettes, enclosing an arched white enameled metal clock dial with maker's name and phases of the moon register, minute circle and calendar aperture; the trunk with arched string inlaid door and chamfered lamb's tongue sides, string inlaid plinth; on French feet. 92 1/2" H x 19" W x 10" D. Circa 1820. Provenance: Sevier County, TN private collection. CONDITION: Central finial possibly a replacement as well as flanking finials. Few spots of replaced inlay including 2" and 6" of replaced banding at skirt. Full shrinkage crack to plinth. Feet appear original but have losses at tips; rear foot appears repaired. General surface fading, abrasions and expected wear to case. Dial: 2 small (1/4") paint losses and overall craquelure; some wear to minutes ring. Works appear to have had some refurbishment and have not been tested or guaranteed for functionality; works may or may not be complete and are sold as-is.
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