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From: Paul J. Foley, Williard's Patent Time Pieces: A History of the Weight-Driven Banjo Clock, 1800–1900 (Norwell, Mass.: Roxbury Village Publishing, 2002), 87
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Banjo clock


Object number

RIF4615

Maker

possibly John Young, 1797 - 1884
Clockmaker David Williams, 1769 - 1823

Dimensions

Height: 106.68 cm (42 in.); Height, movement: 10.954 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Date

1818–1823

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Gilded wood

Inscriptions

"Patent," in paint, on throat glass; "The Constitution's Escape," in paint, on tablet

Style

Federal

Provenance

Unknown

Bibliography

Paul J. Foley, Willard's Patent Time Pieces: A History of the Weight-Driven Banjo Clock, 1800–1900 (Norwell, Mass.: Roxbury Village Publishing, 2002), 87–88, fig. 200–201.
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), 113n47.