Author Topic: Quarter Columns on Tall Case Clocks  (Read 1731 times)

bbaker143143

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Quarter Columns on Tall Case Clocks
« on: March 19, 2017, 04:48:45 PM »
I'm in the process of doing my adaption of a Seymour tall case clock. Just finished attending a talk by Jeff Headley on tall case clocks last weekend. The question, why did period builders do quarter columns on the waste and not full columns as on the front corners of the hood? Cost?, Material?, ??

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Jeff L Headley

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Re: Quarter Columns on Tall Case Clocks
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 09:25:03 PM »
Quarter columns on the hood would make the hood extra wide. The hood is for covering the works with help from the mask.

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Re: Quarter Columns on Tall Case Clocks
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 01:38:15 PM »
The quarter column is really just a glorified glue block. Some cases are simple and just have a square corner, some have the square corner chamferd off and ended with lamb's tongues some have wider chamfers with flutes and some have quarter columns.
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Re: Quarter Columns on Tall Case Clocks
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 04:47:21 PM »
Thanks everyone for your responses. I made an example of both today and boy did I answer the question.  The corner columns on the hood are roughly 12-14" tall which corresponds to an approximately 1' diameter column. I made a full column for the clock waist where the quarter column goes. A 1- 1 1/4" diameter column approximately 30" tall looks like a tooth pick. The proportions are all wrong. The correct proportions for the 30" column work out to be about 2.5"-3" diameter. Putting 2 full columns of those dimensions (30"tall x 2.5" dia.) would overwhelm the waist. Doing the quarter column of the same radius gives the elusion of the proper proportions.
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Bob Baker