In keeping with the best examples of "Roxbury type" tall case clocks, this example is distinguished by fluted colonnettes on the hood and fluted quarter columns on the waist, both set with brass stop-fluting, as well as eight inlaid quarter fans and an elaborate pierced fretwork frieze. Elnathan Taber was one of Simon Willard's (working 1766-1839) most accomplished apprentices, and it was Taber who purchased Willard's tools when the latter retired. The debt of this clock to the master Simon Willard is evident, and illustrates Taber's successful tutelage under Willard.
Among the tall case clocks that relate closely to this example is an inlaid clock with works by Simon Willard in the Winterthur Museum and published in Montgomery, American Furniture: The Federal Period (New York, 1966), cat. no. 148. The virtually identical fret, brass inlaid colonnettes and quarter columns, and fan-inlaid case illustrate the connection between master and apprentice. While several clocks by Elnathan's brother Stephen are known, tall case examples of Elnathan's works are quite uncommon. Two such related examples are illustrated in Sack, American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection Vol. 9 (1989) p. 2512, no. P6167 and Vol. 7, p. 1893, no. P5134. Another example is referenced in Dworetsky, Lester and Dickstein, Horology America (Roslyn Heights, New York, 1972), p. 1.