Tall Case Clock by
Iron painted moon dial
H: 91"; W: 23"; D: 11"
Hailing from a long line of Quaker clockmakers dating to the early 18th century, Ellis Chandlee (1755-1816) and his brothers, Goldsmith, John and Isaac apprenticed with their father Benjamin (1723-1791) in Nottingham MD. John and Isaac remained in the shop and took over his father's business in 1790 producing clocks, surveyor's equipment and other scientific instruments. The business remained intact until about 1804.
Nottingham was originally part of Chester County PA and sits in the northeast corner of Maryland, abutting both Delaware and Pennsylvania. It is one of the first Quaker settlements outside of Philadelphia.
The substantial case is made from highly figured walnut and is very representative of the regional form.
Purchased from a descendent of the original Maryland owner.