Isaac Brokaw was born in 1746 and died in 1826. He was an Aaron Miller apprentice and this early example clearly shows the influence of his master. Brokaw married Miller's daughter in 1766 and in the will of Aaron Miller all of the clockmaking tools were left to his son Cornelius and his son-in-law, Isaac Brokaw. He was at work in Hillsborough NJ C. 1760 - 1779 and the early clocks from this period are simply signed "Isaac Brokaw." When Aaron Miller died in 1779, Brokaw returned to Elizabethtown and he continued his trade in the shop where he first learned his trade as an apprentice to Aaron Miller. Brokaw was one of the very few New Jersey craftsmen that worked continuously through the Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, and Empire Periods and with many examples of his work executed with both brass and painted iron dials. This particular clock is an early example in a Queen Anne case with brass dial C 1770. The dial has a convex applied brass boss that is signed (engraved) by the maker, applied chapter ring, applied spandrels all coupled to an early eight day striking brass movement with wooden winding drums and count-wheel strike train. The original cast lead weights have survived with this clock which is an amazing result given the clock is 250 years old ! The overall dimensions of the clock are 92 X 18 X 10 inches and the dial measures 13 X 18 inches with a 10 inch time track and 1 1/2 inch numerals. Early first period colonial features include: bonnet columns attached to the door frame (as opposed to free standing), tombstone shaped waist door, and 45 degree mitre joints in the waist section of the case. The bold crown molding is original.
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