CHIPPENDALE TALL CASE CLOCK Case Labeled by James and Daniel McDowell

Case labeled by James McDowell (w 1735-1836) and Daniel McDowell (w 1793-1830)
Duck’s Creek (now Smyrna), Delaware
Works attributed to Richard Miller
Circa 1793-1805

Primary Wood: Mahogany
Secondary Woods: Tulip Poplar, White Pine

Height: 96 1/2 inches
Width: 19 3/4 inches
Depth: 10 1/4 inches

Reference: Illustrated in Delaware Clocks by Philip Zimmerman, page 44, figures 24, 24a-b and American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, volume VIII, page 2356. Exhibited in Israel Sack, Inc.’s Loan Exhibition entitled “Signed, Labelled and Historic Masterpieces of Americana” January 17-February 3, 1996.

This Janvier-type case made by brothers James and Daniel McDowell who partnered from 1793-1803 and were likely apprentices to John Janvier, Sr.

Little is known of the clock maker Richard Miller. He doesn’t appear in records but his name is on clocks and occasionally his place of business, Duck Creek Crossroads. Five signed Miller clock movements are housed in Janvier-type cases. Recently scholar Philip Zimmerman in his book, Delaware Clocks made a connection between the Miller family of clockmakers, working around Elizabeth Town, New Jersey during the latter part of the 18th century, and the brass dial clocks signed ‘Richard Miller, Duck Creek’. The signed Richard Miller clocks all suggest a marked similarity to the clocks of Aaron Miller and his several apprentices of northern New Jersey. Zimmerman uncovered the story of Richard Miller’s hasty retreat from New Jersey to Duck Creek in 1779 in order to escape persecution as a Tory. It is believed that Miller was reluctant to sign his clocks until after all of the hostilities had subsided.

Item Number: 7182