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"George Washington" Clock

  • Manufacturers: Nicholas Mueller Manufacturer, 1855-1873; Nicholas Mueller's Sons & Co., 1873-1900
  • Designer: Nicholas Mueller, American, born Germany, 1818-1873
  • Medium: Patinated base metal, wood, brass, glass, paper
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • Dates: ca. 1865
  • Dimensions: height: 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm)  (show scale)
  • Markings: Reverse of George Washington, molded: " C & N Mueller"; interior of clock, stamped on clock mechanism at lower edge : "S.THOMAS/THOMASTON C.T./U.S.A.[COMPANY LOGO] circle with gothic script 'S T'; Interior, attached to wood clock base, printed paper label with black script: "NICHOLAS MULLER/MANUFACTURER/NO.102 WEST 49th STREET.Cor. 6th AVENUE/ NEW YORK/ DIRECTIONS FOR REGULATING/THIS IS DONE BY MEANS OF A SCREW AT THE [illegible] /OF THE PENDULUM.IF THE CLOCK RUNS TOO FAST [illegible]/IT: IF TOO SLOW, RAISE IT."
  • Collections:Decorative Arts
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 2012.35
  • Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: Nicholas Mueller Manufacturer (1855-1873). "George Washington" Clock, ca. 1865. Patinated base metal, wood, brass, glass, paper, height: 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 2012.35. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: overall, CUR.2012.35.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
  • Catalogue Description: Cast metal mantel clock with figure of George Washington, the whole on a rusticated metal base. George Washington presented in military uniform with shoulder epaulettes, one hand resting on top of clock, with sword beneath palm, other hand holding a tri-corner hat with badge depicting the Seal of United States, behind figure is a draped cloak; clock housed in an rectangular, illusionistic stone monument with circular dial with a printed paper face with roman numerals and metal long and short hand, hole at lower section of clock face for winding key, the whole protected by a glass cover set in a thin brass surround; pendulum of metal and brass now detached from mechanism. Reverse of clock with wooden access panel, held in place with four modern screws, reverse of draped cloak of George Washington with two modern screws. Interior clock mechanism in brass and printed paper label with instructions on winding clock, covered with modern clear plastic cover.
  • Record Completeness: Good (72%)
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