An excellent example of the bell-top model, this dwarf tall-case clock exhibits the talents of clockmaker Joshua Wilder (1786-1860) of Hingham and cabinetmaker Abiel White (1766-1844) of Weymouth. Along with Wilder's kinsman Reuben Tower (1795-1881), these craftsmen were largely responsible for the popularity and production of dwarf clocks in Southeastern Massachusetts from about 1815 to 1825. Wilder and White met during the former's training in the Hanover shop of John Bailey II (1751-1823) and as indicated by surviving forms, they collaborated extensively during this time period producing two models of dwarf clocks, those with pierced frets and French feet and as seen here, those with a sarcophagus or "bell" top and straight bracket feet. Though the latter represents a less costly form, their cases, as noted by Gary R. Sullivan "are ingenious in their simplicity." With case sides running the full length from the top to bottom boards, the outset bases are effected by the application of panels and simple moldings applied to the top board and below the dial door create the illusion of a removable hood. These details, along with the wedge-shaped cleats supporting the saddleboard, are among the cabinetmaking practices indicative of Abiel White's work, which was remarkably consistent over time. One detail that did evolve among White's bell-top forms is the foot construction. White's later examples have integral feet and bases, which contrast with the separate molded base seen here and its presence may indicate that the clock was made closer to 1815 than 1825. Made with similar considerations, Wilder's movement features a passing strike rather than a separate striking mechanism, a cost-effective way of creating a chiming clock. See Gary R. Sullivan, catalogue entry, in Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan and Jack O'Brien, Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850 (Hanover, 2009), pp. 312-320, cat. 103.