A very important Federal Inlaid tall case clock. This eight-day clock inscribed by Joseph Mulliken 1765-1802 Concord, Massachusetts. Reading “J Mulliken / Concord on the dial. The case is made of Hickory, White Pine, Cherry, and Mahogany. Mulliken was a third generation clock maker who created tall case clocks for his neighbors to compete with the elegant clocks of Simon and Aaron Willard manufactured on the Boston- Roxbury town line and the Monroe brothers in Concord. Mulliken’s hickory case is an exceptionally rare use of this wood in neoclassical case furniture of his time. An exceptionally nice Concord case that is distinctive for it’s ornamental fan inlay, Brass fluted columns, and string inlay from the bonnet plinths and door all the way down the case which was only seen on custom work and not standardized clocks of the day.
The case of this clock could very well be attributed to Ammi White (born 1754 Concord Mass. Ammi White was a clockmaker in Lexington and was considered a very respected clockmaker that made very high quality cases. There is historical documentation of Ammi making other cases for Joseph’s clocks. Ammi White was in the battle of Lexington / Concord on April 19th 1775. Both Ammi White and Joseph Mulliken were neighbors and had workshops around the town square in Lexington at that time.
Condition: Excellent working condition. The movement was just restored, cleaned and serviced. Minor old paint touch up on the dial near the crank holes. The fretwork on the bonnet, the feet, and the finials are later replacements. The movement is a good quality American 18th century movement that is a later replacement. The back steel false plate has a crack in it at the top but does not effect the stability or movement whatsoever. The case has an excellent color and patina and still retains its original surface that has been carefully cleaned and restored.
Joseph Mulliken Federal Inlaid Tall Case Clock