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Object Name: Tall case clock
Date: 1795-1800
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Medium: Mahogany, poplar, oak
Dimensions: Overall: 100 x 20 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. ( 254 x 52.1 x 26.7 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Mahogany Federal tall case clock; hood has broken scroll pediment with central gilded ball finial surmounted by gilded eagle; gilded ball with spire atop each scroll; colonettes flank arched glass door in front of clock; clock has circular dial painted with Roman numerals and spandrels with gilded borders around polychrome floral vignettes; waist has quarter columns flanking rectangular door with arched top; base has square front with square frame of applied molding around interior; bracket feet.
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Lathrop Colgate Harper
Object Number: 1957.207
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Marks: painted: on face "Edwd Meeks/Junr/New York" written: in ink on label affixed inside door: "New York May 17 1891-/ This clock originally belonged to Samuel B. Harper. 'its [sic] has been in the family at least 75 years and probably more' says nrs. S.E[or G?] Dimock-"

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According to accession records and a label affixed to the inside of the clock's door, the original owner of this clock was Samuel Barker Harper (1777-1860). Edward Meeks, the maker of the clock, was a watch and clock maker in New York City between 1795 and 1798, and the brother of Joseph Meeks.