Victorian Centennial Clock

Victorian Centennial Clock
Victorian Centennial Clock, top detail
Victorian Centennial Clock, worms-eye view
Victorian Centennial Clock detail
Victorian Centennial Clock detail
Victorian Centennial Clock Pendulum in Motion
Victorian Centennial Clock detail
Victorian Centennial Clock Base detail
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Victorian Centennial Clock
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Conference Room
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Renaissance Revival Walnut Victorian Centennial presentation tall clock.
 - Glass
50 inches
25 inches
140 inches

Walnut Centennial presentation tall clock influenced by the Renaissance Revival. This meticulously crafted clock has a large nineteen inch silver dial with the inscribed initials and date "J.B. 1876". This piece is purported to have been made for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition and may have been displayed in one of the convention halls. This clock has a pin wheel jewelers movement made by George A. Jones from upstate New York. His movements are considered the finest on that period. This piece is unique with a carved crest with a relief bust, reminiscent of William Shakespeare, positioned in a hooded niche. The arch of the crest are detailed carvings of topiary reliefs and five stylized roundels. Adorning the top are five finials. The base of the crest is adorned with two carved animal heads, resembling lions. The clock face is surrounded by elaborate reliefs. The crown has a simpler carved molding compared to the encircling area. True artistry is reflected in the clock face portion, which includes four floral and leaf projections on the upper right and left area, four stylized roundels appearing under the crown, two front column reliefs and four additional stylized roundels at the base. Encircling the clock face are floral embellishments, three small stylized roundels and a triangular sunburst pattern wreathing the lower area. The clock face is numbered for both hours and minutes. The pendulum section is noted for burled column projections situated to the left and right of the glass encasement. At the top of each column is an anthropomorphic visage of a lion. At the base of each column a lion relief is also present. Ten finials are located in this area, five on each side. The glass encasement contains an etched meander pattern on the front, and on both glass sides are plain oblong etchings. Within the glass encasement there is a single weight and a three vial pendulum. The base section of the clock has two burled carved columns. Each column is adorned with leave motifs and three stylized roundels. The back area of this section contains four trim reliefs and six rosettes. The bottom of the base is carved with rectangular and diamond patterns.

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