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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "A Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History vol.16, no.4 (October 1957):126
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Caleb Wheaton, American, 1757–1827
(dial) William H. Price, 1790–1800


95 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 10 in. (242.571 × 52.07 × 25.4 cm)



Current location



Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); white pine (backboard and glue blocks); cherry (boards surrounding dial)


"Caleb Wheaton Providence," painted, across center of dial; "W. H. Price / BIRMm.," cast into rear of phases of moon




Clinton Prescott Knight (1891–1970), Providence, Rhode Island; gift to Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 218

Associated names

Clinton Prescott Knight
The Rhode Island Historical Society


The removable hood has a roof of two boards shaped to align with its arched façade and fixed with rosehead nails to the top of its scrollboard. Flanking this arched roof are transverse flat portions, fixed with similar nails to the tops of the hood sides. At the top of the arched roof are three plain plinths with molded caps, the central one supporting a cast eagle finial; the flanking plinths have ball-and-steeple finials. Into the central plinth are tenoned single-piece sections of curvilinear fretwork, further attached to the hood by small screw pockets through the roof boards. The arched hood backboard is tenoned into the sides of the hood entablature. The hood?s beaded crown molding is a single piece. The single-piece hood sides are fixed with rosehead nails into the backs of the entablature sides. Their portals are arched on the outside, rectangular on the inside; their glass is held in with brads. At the joint between the hood sides and the frame behind the arched, glazed door are multiple small rectangular vertical glue blocks. The large beaded cove at the top of the waisted case is fixed to the case and to its triangular blocking with wood-filled fasteners. Between the single-board sides of the waisted case and the stiles of the front are fluted quarter columns with brass stop-fluting and brass bases and capitals held in with small dome-headed brass brads. The line-inlaid door in the waist sits within a molded frame held on with wood-filled fasteners. The molding above the bracket feet is attached to the base with brads. The rear portion of the bottom board of the clock is missing, yet the dovetail pins at the bottom of the lower sideboards of the case remain. The front feet consist of vertical shaped blocks attached directly to the remaining case bottom and flanked by horizontal shaped blocks, the whole faced with ogee brackets. The rear feet consist of chamfered vertical and horizontal blocks attached directly to the remains of the case bottom. The shaped blocks at the sides, formerly attached to the now missing portions of the case bottom, are missing. The outside faces are ogee brackets which meet the rear faces, which are simple square-edged brackets with diagonal profiles, in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. Examined by P. E. Kane, October 4, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.



Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of The Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 16, no.4 (October 1957): 126–27, no. 35, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 154, lot 218, 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), 112n31.