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Tall Case Clock

Eberhardt, Ludwig –Zevely, Van Neman (attr.)
Place Made:
Salem, North Carolina
Date Made:
cherry, metal –poplar, pine
HOA 94 (plus finials)
Accession Number:
A tall case clock attributed to the Single Brothers Shop in the first quarter of the 19th c. When acquired, the feet were not original and one finial was missing. The movement is attributed to Ludwig Eberhardt. It has an alarm attachment added to the regular 8 day works. The chain and weights, the small dial to set and indicate the time of alarm, and the pendulum and weights are all missing. The case is attributed to Van Neman Zevely.
HISTORY: The works are by Ludwig Eberhardt of Salem. The case is attributed to Neman Van Zevely.

MAKERS: Ludwig Eberhardt (1758-1839) silversmith and clockmaker. He married Juliana Michel. Eberhardt worked in Salem from 1800 to 1839. He was “constantly in debt and continually admonished for his drinking, [disorderly way of life,] rough treatment of customers, and for charging high prices, poor Eberhardt was not exactly adept at coping with life…Trained as a clockmaker by his father in Germany, Eberhardt had worked as a journeyman and master in several European congregations before receiving a call to come to Wachovia. Despite his poor business management in Salem, he was an energetic and prolific clockmaker with close to fifty clocks attributed to his hand,…Like most clockmaker’s Eberhardt confined the bulk of his work to clock movements and related things, leaving the cabinet work largely to such cabinetmakers as Belo, Fries, and Zevely. Eberhardt’s greatest production was in eight-day movements for tall case clocks.” (Bivins & Welshimer, p.76)

Neman Van Zevely (1780-1863) cabinetmaker and watermaster. His father was Henry Zevely and his mother was Eleanor m.n. Enochs. He married Johanna Sophia Shober in 1809; Anna Rebecca Holder in 1822; Susan Peter in 1826.He had six children. Zevely was a cabinetmaker by trade. He served for many years as a home missionary among the settlers in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. John Fries Blair