Luman Watson tall case clock with cherry and poplar case attributed to Elijah Warner of Lexington, KY, circa 1820. Dovetailed hood with broken arch pediment having scrolled ends accented with carved rondels, the pediment with eagle topped urn finial, arched glazed door; polychromed dial adorned with eagle at top center and floral motifs at spandrels, the face with L. WATSON CINCINNATI stenciled in gold, surrounded by Arabic numerals on main dial, also having calendar aperture and seconds dial, all with pierced steel hands; door is flanked by turned and tapered columns at each corner. Concave molding over a flame grain banded veneered frieze and a waist door with serpentine, crest shaped top and flame grain banded veneered edges. Concave base molding, lamb's ear canted corners, molded bottom edge with serpentine skirt and slightly flared bracket feet. Poplar secondary wood. Original 30 hour time and strike wood works sit atop a saddle board with impressed mark JP / _. BLAKELEE. Back of face with ink stamped name G.I. Ambrose, Owensboro KY (dates mid 20th century, probably someone who worked on the clock). Original brass pendulum and weights. 94"H x 18"W x 10"D overall. Note: Luman Watson (Cincinnati, 1790-1834) moved to Ohio in 1809 where he sold wooden clock works to local clock makers with Ezra Reed. By 1815, they had opened a Cincinnati factory to manufacture clock works which they placed in clock cases produced by local cabinet makers. When their partnership dissolved, Watson continued to make wooden works and obtain cases from Ohio and Kentucky. Blakelee is the last name of one of his known workmen. The clock case exhibits features similar to the "signature style" of Elijah Warner (w. Lexington, 1810-1829) including "a typically cherry case highlighted by mahogany or walnut banding around the crest shaped trunk door, a pediment displaying a broken scroll with three finials or a single central finial, a concave base molding, and a shaped apron." (ref. "Collecting Kentucky, 1790-1860", p. 184-185). Provenance: The estate of Dr. Sara Parks Pendleton, Owensboro, KY. CONDITION: Right rear leg facing patched/replaced. Missing lowermost edge molding on right side. Some fading and light discoloration to face. Lock on door sticks. Tape to interior of door. Some scattered white spots to right side of door near edge. General minor age related shrinkage, wear and abrasions. Works not tested or guaranteed (clock likely is not in working order).
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