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From: Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 124, no. 22
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809
Clockmaker Unknown
Clockmaker James Wilson, British, active 1777, died 1809


Height: 91 1/2 21 5/8 11 1/4 in. (232.41 54.928 28.575 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (secondary)


"MADE BY / JOHN TOWNSEND / NEWPORT," printed on paper; "January 1793," inscribed on same paper label glued to interior backboard; "WILSON," cast, on back plate of movement


Nathan Bowen (1729–1814), Rehoboth, Massachusetts; by descent to Frank Bowen; by descent to Nathan Bowen; by descent to Emma B. Purdy; by descent to Lena May Purdy Leidy; by descent to Percy M. Leidy; by descent to Percelle L. Paddock. Estate Antiques, Charleston, South Carolina, 1993

Associated names

Estate Antiques
Nathan Bowen
Paul Bowen
Emma B. Purdy
Lena May Purdy Leidy
Frank Bowen
Nathan Bowen
Percy M. Leidy
Percelle L. Paddock


"Estate Antiques advertisement," Antiques 143, no. 1 (January 1993): 63, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 124–25, no. 22, ill.