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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF4537

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Maker: formerly attributed to Benjamin Baker, 1734 or 1735–1822
Clockmaker Thomas Claggett, ca. 1730 - 1797

Dimensions

238.76 x 51.75 x 26.04 cm (94 x 20 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.); Height (without finials): 222.89 cm (87 3/4 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Walnut (primary); yellow poplar (backboards); chestnut (glue blocks)

Marks

"THOMAS CLAGGET NEPORT," engraved, on clock face

Inscriptions

"This Clock was bought at a sale / of furniture at Benjn B. Dyer's auction sale, March [?]d 1847, then no. / 8 Weybosset Street Providence, R.I. / Its history has been sought, but not / found. It was placed in the dining- / room of the Gov. Jones House (so called) / on Westminster Street where I first / commenced "house-keeping" in October / 1833. Elisha Dyer. / Joab Mathewson repaired the Mar. 14th 1847 as pr bill here(?) paid.," written on paper in ink, affixed to interior backboard of clock; "[illegible] / 200 / Hon. Elisha Dyer No. 24 Westminster St / T.G. Daggett & son / Watch & clock Makers - No 70 Point St. / Providence. R.I. / Dece 31 = 1858 / March 8 = 1864 / H. A. Ockel / July 7 / 1881 / December 13 / 1892 by Ockel," in graphite, on inside case door; "GIVEN TO / ELISHA DYER / BY HIS FATHER / JUNE 1928," engraved on a brass plaque, tacked to inside of case door; "GIVEN TO / ELISHA DYER, JR. / BY HIS FATHER / APRIL 1942," engraved on a brass plaque, tacked to inside of case door; "[?]550 / [H?]on. Elisha Dyer, Jr. No. 11 [illegible] / Dec 31 1858 Cleaned [illegible] / [s?]et up in office No. 24 [Westminster St.?] / January 10 1861 / [March 8?] 1864," in graphite, on underside of hood; [illegible] / Thomas G. Daggett & son / No. 70 Point St. Providence, R.I. / Watch & Clock Makers / [illegible] 1858," in graphite, on underside of hood

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Benjamin Bruce Dyer (1819–1881), Providence, Rhode Island; sold to Elisha Dyer (1811–1890), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in the Dyer family to Elisha Dyer (1904–1992), Brookville, New York; by descent in the Dyer family

Associated names

Benjamin Bruce Dyer
Elisha Dyer
Elisha Dyer

See also


Bibliography

Richard L. Champlin, "Thomas Claggett: Silversmith, Swordsman, Clockmaker," Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 21, no. 2 (April 1979): 171.