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Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2804M Marlborough
April 25, 2015 10:00 AMCalender

Samuel S. Grosch Mahogany Shelf Clock

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2804M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: April 25, 2015 10:00AM


Samuel S. Grosch Mahogany Shelf Clock, Marietta, Pennsylvania, c. 1820, with four freestanding turned columns supporting an arched cornice with six plinths topped by brass finials, 13 1/2-in. painted iron dial marked Saml. S. Grosch, Marietta, Pa., Arabic hour, minute, and center calendar numerals, blued steel hour, minute, calendar, and sweep hands, painted dial with country scene with pendulum aperture a tilt-top table, veneered side panels framed with banded inlay, brass paw feet, removable bird's-eye maple veneered panels inside front door, two hinged sections of backboard for access to weights, and eight-day double compounded, weight-powered movement with rack and snail strike, pull repeat, and front-mounted escape wheel and pallets, ht. 36 in.

Provenance: Herbert Nilson Collection; Skinner, Sale #2444, February 2009, Lot 50; Terry and Karen Brotherton.

Literature: This clock is pictured and discussed in Edward F. Lafond, Jr. and J. Carter Harris, Pennsylvania Shelf and Bracket Clocks, 1750-1850, p. 59; Stacy Wood and Stephen Kramer III, Clockmakers of Lancaster County and Their Clocks, 1750-1850, pp. 63, 221; and The American Clock, pp. 114, 115.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

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Marietta, Pennsylvania, steel hour, Herbert Nilson, Karen Brotherton, Terry Brotherton, J. Carter Harris, Stacy Wood, Stephen Kramer III, Lancaster County, Samuel S. Grosch Mahogany Shelf Clock