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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Squire Millerd, 1749–1820
Alternate spelling(s): Squire Millard


Height: 83 in. (210.82 cm) Height, brass dial: 12 in. (30.48 cm)



Current location

The Stanley Weiss Collection


Made in Warwick, Rhode Island
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"Squire / Millerd / Warwick," engraved in arch






Probably Silas Clapp (1717–1777), Warwick, Rhode Island; probably by descent to his son John Clapp (1754–1817) and his wife Ann Waterman (1748–1844), Warwick, Rhode Island; probably by descent to their son Waterman Clapp (1788–1884) and his wife, Eliza Woodward (1793–1826), Providence and Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to two of their daughters, Marcy Stafford Waterman Clapp (1821 - 1913) and Mary Magdalene Greene Clapp (1825 - 1919), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to their niece Eliza Woodward Tiffany (1858–1934) and her husband Frank E. Olds (1866 - 1956), Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Eliza’s cousin Ellen Louise Clapp (1856–1938) and her husband Charles Henry Allen (1844–1922), East Greenwich, Rhode Island; by descent to their son Howard Vernon Allen (1878–1969) and his wife Alice Whitford Butts Allen (1883–1944), Warwick and East Greenwich, Rhode Island; by descent to their son Vernon Sterns Allen (1906–1983), East Greenwich, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife, Ruth Curtis Allen (1908 - 1995), East Greenwich, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie Mercurio & Company, Wickford, Rhode Island, May 18, 1991. Skinner, Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton), November 1–2, 2008, lot 318; Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010

Associated names

Silas Clapp
John Clapp
Ann Waterman Clapp
Waterman Clapp
Marcy Stafford Waterman Clapp
Mary Magdalene Greene Clapp
Frank E. Olds
Ellen Louise Clapp Allen
Charles Henry Allen
Howard Vernon Allen
Alice Whitford Butts Allen
Vernon Sterns Allen
Ruth Curtis Allen
Christie Mercurio and Company
Skinner, Inc.


This clock may be the one recorded in the 1777 inventory of Silas Clapp of Warwick, Rhode Island. That clock passed to his grandson, Waterman Clapp, and was running in his house in the late nineteenth century. According to family tradition, it had purchased with the proceeds of the sale of an ox named "Golden." When the clock struck, a servant in the family was known to say "Old 'Golden' roars." Source: Ebenezer Clapp, The Clapp Memorial: Record of the Clapp Family in America (Boston: David Clapp and Sons, 1876), 289, 291, through the courtesy of A. Patnaude.

See also


Skinner, Inc., Boston, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (November 1–2, 2008), 147, lot 318, ill.
David Hewett, "Skinner Holds Pre-Election Sale of Americana," Maine Antique Digest (January 2009): 7–D, ill.
"Chippendale Cherry Tall Clock," (accessed August 27, 2010).
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 112n22, 423n1.