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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker David Williams, 1769–1823
Casemaker Unknown


93 1/4 × 20 1/2 × 10 3/4 in. (236.86 × 52.07 × 27.31 cm)



Current location

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (scondary)


"David Williams / Newport," painted on the faceplate


“D. Williams / Newport,” painted on back of faceplate; "Hammet Family / of Newport R. I. gi[torn] / to Edwd W. Gould in [torn] / [torn] of Jessica [possibly] Ha[torn] / [torn] gave [torn]," written in ink on paper label glued to interior waist door


Richard A. Bourne Co., Inc., Hyannis, Massachusetts, 1973. Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Sharon, Massachusetts, 2014

Associated names

Richard A. Bourne Co., Inc.


The removable hood has a roof of multiple thin boards shaped to align with its arched façade and nailed to the top of the arched hood backboard and to the top of the board behind the arched cornice molding. Bands of open fretwork, interspersed with three rectangular plinths with fluted fronts, are set into grooves in the hood roof. Each plinth supports a turned finial; the top of the central plinth and the adjacent portions of fretwork have been replaced. The hood backboard?s skirt is arched to fit over the case?s backboard and nailed to the back edges of the case sides. The transverse boards of the hood base are tenoned without wood pins to the front board. There is a nail in the underside of the proper left transverse board. The stiles and rails of the arched, hinged, and glazed hood door meet in mitered joints. The two-part beaded cove at the top of the case?s waist, over which the board slides, is solid, without blocking. The rails of the waist are tenoned without wood pins to their stiles, which are flanked by fluted quarter-columns with separated turned bases and capitals. They center a rectangular single-piece door, veneered, line-inlaid, crossbanded and cock-beaded, the inner leaves of whose brass hinges are mounted on the case stiles. There are multiple vertical chamfered glue blocks inside the front corners of the waist. The molding which marks the transition from waist to base is a solid, two-part beaded ogee, fixed to blocking below with wood-filled fasteners. The base sides are each a single board, forming the serpentine side skirts and side brackets of the front and rear feet. The base front appears to be a single board, line-inlaid, veneered, and crossbanded on its face, integral with its skirt, into which separate, solid French feet are set. The case bottom is missing, though some remnants of blocking, as well as shadows of blocking remain. The case back is a single, continuous board glued into rabbets in the case sides and base. Rosehead nails in the bottom of its arched skirt, which form the back brackets of the rear feet, were formerly attached to the case bottom. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, September 25, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


"Richard A. Bourne Co., Inc., advertisement," Antiques 104, no. 5 (November 1973): 735.
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), 113n42.