A Concord type patent time piece with fine reverse painted panels, attributed to Daniel Munroe, Concord, Massachusetts, circa 1815
This unsigned example with gilt rope moldings and painted iron dial, has a butterfly bridge and Concord style scrolled pendulum tie down which are clear indications of area of manufacture. The brass side arms have oval lozenge shaped spacers, rather than the traditional diamond shape, which are associated with Munroe. The throat glass with gilt scrolls and inscription "Patent" is above a finely painted lower glass depicting five naval ships on calm seas. The panel has gilt leaf and palmette border and is titled in a red banner "The Constitution's Escape"* . Height overall: 33 1/2". *The image depicts the engagement of the HMS Belvidera, HMS Gurriere, HMS Aeolus, HMS Shannon and the USS Constitution. In July of 1812 the USS Constitution. sailed into the midst off the British squadron off the coast of New Jersey. For three perilous days from July 17-19th the Constitution outmaneuvered her foes narrowly escaping.
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