Offered by: Kelly Kinzle Antiques
P.O. Box 235 New Oxford, PA 17350 , United States Call Seller 717.495.3395


Spruance Family Tall Case Clock by Richard Miller ​Duck Creek DE

Price Upon Request
  • Description
    Works by Richard Miller, 8-day silvered brass dial
    Case attributed to John Janvier, Sr. (1749-1801)
    ​Duck Creek Hundred (now Smyrna) DE

    This clock descended in the Spruance family, Quakers who were pre-Revolutionary War residents of Duck Creek (Smyrna). This clock was likely made for Presley Spruance (1752-1837), a successful farmer with a 400 acre plantation who lived in Kent County his entire life. The case maker, John Janvier Sr was born in Newcastle, Del., and trained in Philadelphia. Recent scholarship suggests that he moved to Elkton, Md., soon after 1770 and settled in Odessa around 1775. A series of horizontal boards, rather than a single vertical board, distinguish the backs of his cases and the idiosyncratic central finial is unique to Janvier.

    Little is known of the clock maker Richard Miller. Five signed Miller clock movements are housed in Janvier-type cases.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States, Delaware
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Walnut, poplar
    Condition: Excellent.
    Creation Date: 1785
    Styles / Movements: Americana, Classical, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 191409
  • Dimensions
    W. 21 in; H. 106 in; D. 11 in;
    W. 53.34 cm; H. 269.24 cm; D. 27.94 cm;
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