J. Gooding Eight-day Mahogany Tall Clock, no. 20, Dighton, Massachusetts, c. 1795-1800, the hood with pierced fret, three plain plinths and brass finials, the arched and glazed hood door over the 12-in. painted iron dial signed Gooding/Dighton/No. 20, with floral spandrels, roman numerals and moon's age dial in the arch all flanked by freestanding brass stop-fluted columns, the rectangular waist door flanked by brass stop-fluted quarter-columns decorated with quarter fans, banding and line inlay with central marquetry inlay, the base with closely related inlays and classical urn marquetry all on a two-stage molding and ogee feet, eight-day time and strike movement powered by two tin-cased weights and regulated by a brass-faced pendulum and iron rod, ht. 92 in.
Note: The Gooding family of clockmakers were very prolific and spanned two generations. It is likely that this clock, simply signed "Gooding," was made by Joseph Gooding (1773-1853),as the eight known clocks made by Joseph are all sequentially numbered like this example; 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 20, 22, and 38 are known. Joseph was one of the earliest makers in southeastern Massachusetts (Brock Jobe, Gary Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor & Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850, pp. 265-67).
Fret appears to be the original, dial is undisturbed including the signature, feet are replacements, period weights and pendlum. Second wheel in the strike train has a broken pinion leaf. This is very repairable but potentially requires a professional clockmaker. Has door and winding keys.
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