John Fisher YorkTown Pennsylvania 8-day Brass Dial Chippendale Tall Case Clock C. 1785

John Fisher YorkTown

John Fisher (1736-1808) was at work in York as early as 1760. He was born in Switzerland and emigrated to America where he carried on the trade of clock making and wood working. This case in this example is closely related to a clock pictured in Gibbs “Pennsylvania Clocks & Watches on page 195. It stands proudly at 98 inches tall with bold proportions deep moldings. It is made of Walnut and Cherry, with an incredibly thick and heavy Pine backboard. Note the crown moldings, mitred facings, dovetailed face board, and bold baluster turned columns. The engraved brass dial measures 12 X 16 inches with lunar phases is beautifully signed by John Fisher in the arch with “York Town” below the center arbor. Another interesting period detail is the “compass star” engraving found in the seconds register. The engraved Roman numerals measure 1 1/4 inches on the 11 inch time track. The movement is readily identified to the hands of Fisher with arched plates and pillar extensions that form the dial feet. The movement has been completely overhauled and the clock runs and strikes fine. Restoration to the case: refinished, replaced bottom board (weights broke through), feet, and bottom molding.