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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Edward Spalding, American, 1732–1785


96 19 12 in. (243.841 48.26 30.48 cm) Width, dial: 12 in. (30.48 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine and chestnut (secondary)


"Spalding / PROVIDENCE," engraved on dial


C. W. Lyon, Inc., New York; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Norvin H. Green (1893–1955), Tuxedo Park, New York, and Phoenix; consigned to Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 29–30, December 1–2, 1950, lot 674. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York. Doris and Richard Seidlitz, Pound Ridge, New York. Private collection by 2003

Associated names

Norvin H. Green
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Richard M. Seidlitz
Doris Seidlitz
C. W. Lyon, Inc.


Movement: 8-day brass time and strike

See also


Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 122–23, no. 77, ill.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, The Notable American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Norvin H. Green, sale cat. (November 29–December 2, 1950), 230–231, lot 674, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 339, fig. 8.24–8.24a.
Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," American Furniture (1999): 188, 190, fig. 32.
Felice Davis, "The American Connoisseur: A 'Young' Collector and American Antiques," Connoisseur 179, no. 721 (March 1972): 195, fig. 5.
"Frontispiece," American Collector 10, no.11 (December 1941): 6, ill.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 296–297, no. 91, 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), 102, 112n21, 314, 318n1, 319–320, no. 62, fig. 1.