20 Reasons To Love Americana, Day 18

Today’s blog in our series showcasing standout examples of Americana that will be offered at the Winter Antiques Show January 19–29 at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory turns its attention to the Berks County, Penn., clockmaking tradition.

C.L. Prickett, Yardley, Penn. will offer this fine Pennsylvania tall case clock, circa 1800, from Reading, Penn., inscribed by master clockmaker Jacob Diehl. The Chippendale cherry and birch clock has a broken arch top with dentil-work scrolls, carved rosettes and retains its original turned finials.

Also noteworthy is the flower, leaf and vine carved scroll-board with a punch-work field, enameled dial with moon phase above a shaped waist door flanked by fluted quarter columns on original ogee bracket feet.

The clock has been well conserved over the years and has a warm yellow glow and is all original except for the rosettes and fret around the collar and one of its foot facings. Making a commanding presence in any room, it stands 7 feet and 11 inches.

This clock was published in Pennsylvania Clockmakers, Watchmakers, and Allied Crafts by James B. Whisker, pages 172 and 173, figures 35 and 36, and shown in the 1995–96 exhibition, “Berks County Tall Case Clocks, 1750–1850,” put on by the Historical Society of Berks County.

For more information, www.clprickett.com or 215-493-4284. Make sure to visit the dealer’ booth at the Winter Antiques Show to see this and other fine Americana. For show information, www.winterantiquesshow.com or 212-987-0446.

-Andrea Valluzzo



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