Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania, December 1997; Vogel Collection no. 634.
Augustine Neisser was a Moravian clockmaker. He was born in Schlen, Moravia in 1717 and immigrated to Savannah, Georgia in 1736. In 1739, he traveled with a group that settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but he chose to live in Germantown. In 1746, he was commissioned to construct the tower clock for the great Moravian Church in Bethlehem. For additional information on Neisser see James W. Gibbs, Pennsylvania Clocks and Watches: Antique Timepieces and Their Makers, (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1984), pp. 55-7.
The corner blocks are replaced. There is an age crack to the lower panel. There is a 1 in. by 1 in. patch to the lower edge of the door. The feather from the pendulum is lost. The top 4 in. of the hood are replaced. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.