"One problem with this message board is that replies don't necessarily post in order; there are more recent replies on earlier pages, which I've just now seen. Concerning this piece, if you go to Google images and enter "Empire…"
"American Empire certainly extended beyond 1815, to the 1840s at least. 1804-1815 is more the Federal era in furniture. It seems to me that most items of furniture in this era had locks on the drawers, even clothes dressers. The small drawers in…"
"That is just a gorgeous Empire secretary-bookcase. It looks like about 1840s to me. The ripple molding around the drawers is unusual . It is mahogany veneer, probably on pine, which is very typical of the period.
"That is the Junghans logo on the dial. It is a fairly simple design for one of these German "free swingers." The more elaborate ones seem to be in greater demand. I think an insurance value would be in the $300-400 range. What you…"
"Seems to me it could be an original architect's rendering of the project. It could be computer assisted and hand-colored, or entirely done by hand. Architectural illustrators still do this, I believe. Coloring would be by watercolor paints,…"
"The name "Dieutegard" is undoubtedly the retailer. The maker's name is likely stamped somewhere on the movement. It may be visible through the back door. I would guess the clock is from the 1890s, plus or minus a few years. The…"
"On closer examination, it looks as though the dial and movement slide out from the front of the case. They are attached to a wood seatboard which appears to be resting in slots that are part of the case. If there is a pendulum attached to the…"
You have found an extremely unusual and interesting clock. Even if it is a fake it was a bargain at $75, and I suspect it is not a fake. Thomas Fowle of East Grinstead is a listed maker. "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World"…"
"It's impossible to identify the wood without close-up photos showing the grain and detailing. The most likely I think are walnut, mahogany, or maybe stained birch. For date I would say 1920s to 1940s. I have no idea of value."