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Cherry Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1840 - Dial Signature View

Emanuel Meily Sr. (also spelled Miley and Meyli) (1776-1851) was born on July 14, 1776 to Samuel and Amelia Catherine Meily. He and his father are known to have been in business in the Market Square area in Lebanon, PA (South 9th Street) where they bartered various goods including clocks and quilts. There are many known Lebanon County tall case clocks with Emanuel’s name signed on the dial. He lived his entire life in Lebanon and also served as the Lebanon County Treasurer from 1832 to 1834.


 Many tall case clocks built by Emanuel Meily feature a definite Germanic style that was popular in Pennsylvania during and before his time. The similarity of his clock making style as compared to Samuel Meily, his father, demonstrates that the clock making trade was passed from one generation to the next in their family.


  Emanuel Meily Sr. died in Lebanon, PA on April 13, 1851.





Cherry Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1840 - Full Front View no 2

Meily, Emanuel Sr. (1776-1851) - (also spelled Miley and Meyli)


Cherry Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1840 - Left Side Movement View

Cherry Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1840 - Top of Case View

Emanuel Meily - tall case cherry wood clock with an 8-day calendar and sweeping seconds movement - (circa 1840)


All original finish on beautiful cherry wood. Original brass 8-day movement with a sweeping seconds and calendar functionality (above pictures do not show the calendar or sweeping seconds hand as they were out for repairs during the photo shoot.) The dial is signed Emanuel Meily, Lebanon and retains its original hand-painted finish on the the main dial and the moon phase dial.


Measurements:  96” high x 19” wide x 10-1/2" deep


Cherry Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1840 - Right Side of Movement View

Cherry Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1840 - Full Dial View

Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1820 - Front - sides and back view

Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1820 - Full Front View

Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1820 - Back Hood view

Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1820 - Movement ViewFederal Tall Case -

Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1820 - Right hood view

Federal Tall Case - Emanuel Meily - c1820 - Dial Close Up View

This Emanuel Meily tall case clock has survived the test of time and is as close to an untouched state as is practically possible.  It retains an original grimy and oxidized finish, with a deep patina and worn throughout without any evidence of touch up or refinish.  The crest is almost Gothic in it's appeal, a pair of stepped waves cresting on either side to a half-dome capital with four turned cone finials raised over reeded plinths that stretch through the crest to a half-round molding framing the top.  The tombstone glazed door is flanked by a pair of bobbin-turned columns, the dial door opening to showcase a white painted dial signed "Emanuel Meyli, Lebanon" in the center.  The spandrels are fine painted "Rising Sun" motifs, encircling the gold ring framing the Arabic numeral minute ring, Roman numeral hour ring and Arabic numeral calendar aperture on the innermost edge, these pointed to by highly attractive and complex pierced iron hands.  The lunette is detailed with a moon-phase, the four scenes depicting (1) a Ship at Sea, (2) a moon, (3) a genre scene of a countryside home, (4) the final moon face, these over the pair of hemisphere maps.

The works are original and reside on the untouched original seat board, this inscribed in graphite "AJ7-70", "45" and the underside inscribed in two areas - probably notes on when it was cleaned.  The brass pallets are arched and well cast.  The false plate is not marked and no impressions are visible on the movement.

The hood is completed in a reeded molding mirrored beneath the shaft molding.  The pendulum door is crested with three pointed crests, the inlaid shield escutcheon a seeming completion of any of these three forms, opening on original hinges to reveal a clean interior, the pair of weights and pendulum.  The corners of the shaft are embellished with turned bobbin columns.  The base is made up of deeply chamfered cherry panels set in grooves of the tenon-mortised base framing, the whole terminating over turned ball feet.

Measurements:  96 1/8" high x 19 1/16" wide x 10 1/2" deep

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