Greene · Newport
Newport Tall-Case Clock
The Newport tall-case clock
is a majestic example of the Goddard/Townsend school and is typical of
Newport clock case design. It is mahogany with a blocked-front door and
Newport curved-ray shell. On either side of the door are stop-fluted
quarter columns with turned capitals and bases. The base has a central
panel with mahogany crotch graining and it stands on delicate ogee feet.
The case construction is mortise and tenon throughout, as are the originals.
The bonnet has a double-molded arch with three fluted urn and flame finials on plinths. The bonnet has fluted columns on either side of the door at the front and rear. The two side windows and the arched door are glazed in wavy antique glass. The bonnet is of mortise and tenon and dovetail construction, with decorative mahogany crotch veneer on the upper bonnet frame to balance the grain of the base. As with most Newport clocks, the use of brass is limited to the hinges and knobs, with column bases and capitals and finials all made of mahogany.
The movement is a historically accurate, handcrafted replica of the original. It is a weight-driven, eight-day brass movement with bell strike on the hour and a polished brass pendulum. This is shown with a painted steel dial with a rocking ship, but it may also be ordered with a solid painted dial, moon dial, or an engraved brass dial.
ref. Sack p. 135