American, 19th century. This sensational example stands apart from most as it is turned from wood, not zinc or cast-iron as typically encountered in this form, with wood being oh so more desirable than its metal counterparts. Very appealing gilt-paint bezel and side-wall with original dry, crackled oyster white and black paint on the clock face. The hanging ring, which also retains original gilt paint, is fashioned from iron and exhibits deep wear at the point in which the ring contacted a hanger. Exceptional condition with one side being somewhat more worn; structurally mint. A sensational example of this form that hung-outside the jewelry/watch store to beckon passersby. Being carved from wood and original dry paint would make this sign at home in an early folk art or early paint collection. Smaller size at about 14 inch diameter x 21 inches to the top of the hanging ring and 2 1/2 inches at the molded edge. Looks great hung or lying flat on a chest or table.
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