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    Henry Clay: A Superb 1830s Mantel Clock with Reverse Glass Portrait of a Youthful Clay. Schlesinger pictures this wonderful artifact along with 1844 Clay items (page 174), but we respectfully disagree, as to us both the style of the clock and Clay's strikingly young portrait would seem better associated with his 1832 candidacy. Also, research shows that the maker noted below made clocks during the 1830-1834 time period. Measuring 16.5" x 30", it is in outstanding cosmetic condition. Inside is a large paper label with eagle and information for the maker, Alpha Hart of Goshen, Connecticut. The face of the clock is in excellent condition and is original to the clock. Pendulum missing, and as is typical with these clocks, it is unlikely to be in working order.

    These distinctive mantel clocks, made in a variety of shapes and styles from the early 1830s through early 1850s, have always been your writer's favorite early presidential/political display pieces. In addition to Clay, we have seen examples for Jackson, Webster, Van Buren, Harrison, Taylor, Scott, and Pierce, as well as Lafayette (presumably honoring him upon his death in 1834). But, interestingly, we have not seen more than two or three of any one variety, with most being single examples. The thin glass on these clocks cracked very easily, which may account for the fact that there are not more than a total of 15-20 such clocks known to collectors. The portrait on this unique Clay example is clearly the finest of any in the genre. For the advanced collector of early display items, it presents the chance of a lifetime. Featured on page 174 of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.'s Running for President: The Candidates and Their Images, vol. 1.


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    June, 2018
    2nd-3rd Saturday-Sunday
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