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From: Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 83, 280–281. Colonial Williamsburg inv. no. 1972-36
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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF184

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694 - 1749

Dimensions

Height: 254.636 cm (100 1/4 in.); Width: 54.293 cm (21 3/8 in.); Width, dial: 30.163 cm (11 7/8 in.); Depth: 29.528 cm (11 5/8 in.)

Date

ca. 1740 movement; ca. 1765 case

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (backboard of case, back of hood, seat block, and base); white pine (interior blocking); aspen (interior blocking)

Marks

"Will Claggett/ Newport," engraved on rectangular nameplate on dial

Provenance

Taken to New Brunswick, Canada, from Newport, Rhode Island, by a Loyalist family during the Revolution; by descent in that family; sold to Harry B. Carleton, Nova Scotia, and East Providence, Rhode Island; sold to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, in 1972

Associated names

Henry B. Carleton

Construction

The arched, crown-molded, removable hood is surmounted by spherical, fluted finials with corkscrew flames, each on a plain rectangular plinth. Below the central finial is a ressaulted and scroll-carved multi-level keystone, on either side of which is an arched frieze, mounted with scrolling brass fretwork in vegetal motifs. The thumb-molded stiles and rails of the arched and glazed door are tenoned together without wood pins. The door opens to a brass dial and works, and is flanked by brass-stop-fluted colonnettes in front and brass-stop-fluted half-colonnettes in back. In the waist of the case below is a convex-blocked, shell-carved arched door, flanked by stop-fluted quarter columns with brass capitals and bases. The arched, thumb-molded top rail is mitered to its flanking stiles. The carved shell is applied above the convex door panel. At the back of the door is a quarter round applied molding, nailed with brads to the stiles and rails. The base has plain, chamfered corners, ending in lambs? tongues below. Its front face is an applied, thumb-molded panel within a mitered frame. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 2007; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1974), 96–98, no. 83, ill.
William H. Distin and Robert Bishop, The American Clock: A Comprehensive Pictorial Survey, 1723–1900: With a Listing of 6153 Clockmakers (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976), 24, fig. 29.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 31, fig. 1.12.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 280–281, no. 83, ill.