Isaac Brokaw, Bridge Town
Isaac Brokaw Colonial New Jersey Tall Case Clock circa 1790 made in Bridge Town (Rahway). The case is a wonderful example of the “High Style” of the period executed by local cabinetmakers at work in the Elizabethtown NJ area during the late 18th C. The graceful, slender proportions of this case include: narrow waist flanked by fluted quarter columns, shaped waist door, graceful scroll moldings terminating in fan inlaid rosettes, quarter fan inlay in the waist door and base panel continuing to a “step” molded base all resting on original straight bracket fee The “step” molded base is an identifiable regional period detail often found in the Northern NJ cases. The height of the case is just under 8 feet tall. The works are text book “Brokaw” with all of the characteristics documented in Bill Drost’s 1966 landmark New Jersey Clocks & Watches Book: arched plates, smooth drums, countwheel strike, “Z” streak of lightning strike lever, bell stand mounts through suspension bridge, etc. The works are clean with fresh cables and the clock runs and strikes fine after our complete professional restoration. The dial is original and the signature is untouched and completely original.