Daniel Munroe (1775-1859); case attributed to William Munroe (1778-1861)
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, inlay of various woods;
Brass, steel, painted iron, painted glass
Anonymous gift (1998) 1998.2
The diamond head clock was a luxurious and expensive item when new, and the form was never produced in large numbers. William Munroe likely made this and the half-dozen known related cases for his brothers Daniel and Nathaniel. The elaborate decoration of this timepiece combines a Boston-made dial and decorative painted glass with a finely executed case. The joinery is fairly complex and the inlay is particularly elaborate.