Tall case clock
Mahogany, pine, brass
Overall: 96 x 10 in. ( 243.8 x 25.4 cm ) overall1: 124 x 19 in. ( 315 x 48.3 cm )
Mahogany Federal tall case clock with 8-day weight-driven movement; circular face with roman numerals in conforming hood, case with incurving sides at waist and rectangular base; case inlaid with horizontal oval of sixteen stars above vertical oval panel at waist of case, above horizontal oval panel; base with inset reeded columns at sides and one in center; two inlaid arches with sunbursts and vertical inlaid ovals below; flat base with no feet.
This imposing clock was supposedly given by Alexander Hamilton to the Bank of New York in 1797 and was presented to the New-York Historical Society by the bank in 1858. The sixteen stars inlaid under the face of the clock suggest it was made in 1796. A similar clock in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, given by Alexander Hamilton to a bank in Philadelphia, bears the name of Robert Joyce, a clockmaker who worked in New York City in 1796 and 1797.
Gift of the Bank of New York, 1858
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