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Dwarf tall clock

Attributed to Samuel Mulliken II (1761–1847)
ca. 1780
Made in Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
Cherry, brass with white pine
48 7/8 x 11 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. (124.1 x 28.9 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Ausschnitt, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
Clocks such as these, essentially shelf clocks atop a lower case, are quite rare and are sometimes called dwarf tall clocks. The brass dial is unsigned, but it is very much like a rare signed example by Samuel Mulliken II of Newburyport, Massachusetts that is illustrated in Brooks Palmer’s "A Treasury of American Clocks" (New York, 1977).
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