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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749


97 1/4 21 3/16 10 3/4 in. (247.016 53.816 27.305 cm) Dial, width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)



Current location

Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar, eastern white pine, and black walnut (secondary)


"William Claggett Newport," engraved on nameplate in dial arch


Major General John Adams Dix (1798–1879), Cooperstown, then Albany, and New York; by descent to his granddaughter Mrs. Charles L. Lawrence, New York, before 1956; sold to Mr. C. Thomas Clagett, Jr., 1956; given to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State, Washington, D.C., 1989

Associated names

Major General John Adams Dix
Catherine (Livingston) Lawrence
Mr. C. Thomas Claggett, Jr.


Clement E. Conger, Alexandra W. Rollins, and Mary Itsell, Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991), 176–177, no. 89, ill.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 284–285, no. 85, ill.
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), 111n17.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 76–77, 148–49, 198–99, 244, no. 15, WC-56, fig. 1.78, 5.19.