While this Scottish tall case clock made by the clockmaker George E. Morison of Auchtermuchly is a beauty in its own right, its Masonic themed motifs and associations make it doubly appealing. The elaborate dial painting is fraught with Scottish rite significance. First of all, the four Masonic labor scenes are less about seasonal depictions as most dial quadrants than they do with illustrating the craft of masons. The elaborate coat-of-arms is probably not a family one but refers to the craft of masons and it is crested with the all-seeing "eye of God". The Latin quotations in the unfurled bottom portion proclaims that "without God all is lost...", a quotation found on many Scottish landmarks.
But, enough about all of the historical associations. The physical specifics are: A highly grain-figured mahogany case with delicate satinwood line inlay work overall. The feet design accurately depict the period and the dramatically proportioned broken arch pediment, narrow waist with a "Cupid's bow" door. The case appears to have been French polished sometime in the past. There appears to have been some swelling to have taken place long ago and some insignificant shrinkage at the corners. The deal carcass of the case has the usual long vertical crack which has been adequately reinforced, while the internal bottom board has been replaced, giving the case structure plenty of strength.
It has the original eight-day movement, with an hourly bell strike. The movement has been recently cleaned and adjusted and keeps time quite well.
Its dimensions are: 7'2" height, 20" wide, 10-1/2" deep.
This clock would be a fine, highly-significant addition to a dynamic Masonic lodge or possibly even an enthusiastic member.
Shipping would be perilous and quite expensive so we suggest picking it up in Richmond VA. Depending on where you are, delivery arrangments might be worked out. Inquire.
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