Matthew Egerton, Jr.
New Brunswick, NJ C. 1787 Chippendale Mahogany tall case clock made by Matthew Egerton, Jr. Three generations of the Egerton family were at work in New Brunswick at No. 220 Burnet Street during the late 18th through the mid-19th C. Matthew Sr. trained his son Matthew Jr. who purchased the adjacent lot and carried on his own business along with his two sons up until the death of Matthew Sr. in 1802. In addition to clock cases, the Egerton family produced some of the finest sideboards, chests, desks, tables, linen press, and Kasten. Skilled joiners were often called on to build coffin cases for the community and much of the output of this shop was directed in this area. The family was active in civic and church activities. This example exhibits the identifiable pierced scroll board with blind fretwork, bold carved scroll moldings with inset carved rosettes. The shaped waist door conformal with the applied base panel. Full fluted columns in the bonnet, fluted quarter columns in the waist and chamfered sides in the base all on original ogee bracket feet. Eight day brass striking movement with arched cutout plates in the manner of Leslie & Williams. English painted iron dial with lunar phase dial, seconds register, and calendar.