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    Zachary Taylor: A Stunning Gilt Clock Depicting Him on Horseback. Most of the more refined and elegant presidential items produced in the antebellum period were products of France. These were marketed to the more well-to-do in the fledgling republic. This mantel or desk clock features "General Zachary Taylor" seated on his beloved stead Whitey. The clock and decorative elements are made of porcelain and gilt brass and stand 7" tall. It is attached to a 6" x 4" wooden base with a velvet covered platform. The original glass dome covers everything, and completes the ensemble. This dome is of a unique oval shape, designed exclusively for this clock. It could not be practically reproduced. We have seen two other examples of this clock and both lacked the glass dome. The clock may or may not be in working order, but otherwise in spectacular condition.

    When offered by Heritage in May, 2012, another example of this clock inspired furious bidding before selling for $21,510. It certainly ranks as one of the finest and rarest political/presidential display items. From the Scott W. Dolson Collection.

    It has come to our attention that this example is not the one from the Gillette Collection, although it presents in equally nice condition. It is not a newly discovered example, however, as it passed through two other major collections prior to being purchased by the consignor. The base and dome for the present example, while matching, are not the same as those which came with the Gillette clock.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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