Charles Cooper (1779-1832) was born on January 5, 1779. On November 27, 1803 he married Maria Dobler in Lebanon. He operated a jewelry store in the Market Square area in Lebanon (South 9th Street.) There are several known Cooper clocks that date from around 1800 to 1825. Some of the most beautiful and intricately designed examples of Pennsylvania tall case clock cabinetry work are found on several of Cooper’s clocks.
Charles Cooper is also known to have been a very good mechanic as proven by various excellent and impressively built movements attributed to him. One known Cooper tall case clock features beautiful tiger maple wood with a delicate string inlay of a butterfly above the center of the trunk door, and other inlays on the hood. Another Cooper clock that belongs to a private collection has a scarce eight day quarter hour striking movement with a dead beat escapement. Charles Cooper died in Lebanon, PA on February 12, 1832.
Cooper, Charles (1779-1832)
89-1/2 inches tall – Cherry and Maple - Serpentine arched cresting with 2 egg and spire finials, paneled and pierced door, recessed paneled base, ring turned quarter round corners and bracket feet.
95-1/2 inches tall - early 19th Century - Cherry Wood Tall Case Pennsylvania Clock with eagle motif (a popular patriotic furniture design during and after the War of 1812)
96 inches tall - Solid cherry with intricate inlays - photo courtesy of the Lebanon County Historical Society
Eight day mechanical movement with calendar feature - photo courtesy of the Lebanon County Historical Society
Solid Cherry (95 inches tall) featuring intricately carved patterns throughout the case work. (Circa 1815)
Solid tiger maple wood (97 inches tall) – featuring delicate inlays on the trunk and hood – eight day brass English bell movement – three turned finials (center not shown) - (circa 1820) – Above photos courtesy of Ron Hansen of Martinsburg, WV
95 inches tall - Walnut Tall Case Clock - three turned finials (circa 1810)