A rare mahogany antique tavern clock, by Joseph Nye Dunning, Burlington, Vermont circa 1825.
A rare mahogany antique tavern clock, by Joseph Nye Dunning, Burlington, Vermont circa 1825. This rare American eight-day mahogany tavern form time piece is signed with the name of the prolific clockmaker Joseph Nye Dunning (1795-1841). Dunning began his career in Concord, Massachusetts in partnership with Lemuel Curtis, where they produced a number of fine clocks. The pair moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1821, where Dunning continued his career. Tavern clocks are among the rarest of American clock forms. The glazed dial door has a cove molded bezel which opens to a painted iron dish dial with Roman numerals to demark the hours and Arabic to demark the minutes. The dial is signed below the center arbor, “J. N. Dunning”. The rectangular lower case has a hinged pendulum door above a rounded pediment. The pendulum door and case are veneered with finely figured mahogany. The door conceals a pendulum with a brass capped bob and an iron rod. The clock retains the original cast iron weight and wooden weight divider
Dimensions: Height 29 ½” Width 12 ¾” Depth 3 ⅞”.
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