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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker John Newton, worked 1770 - 1780
Clockmaker John Goldsmith


85 16 10 in. (215.9 40.64 25.4 cm)



Current location



Made in Providence, Rhode Island, Made in London
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"John Goldsmith, London," engraved on dial


"John Newton, who framed the Baptist Church, made the case.," written by Thomas Hull on paper inside case, Providence, ca. 1860. He also states that the movement was imported by Caleb Wheaton, Providence clockmaker, for Robert Davis, "who lived next west of the Washington Insurance Office."


Robert Davis (active 1760), Providence, Rhode Island. G. A. Richmond, Virginia. Ellen Parsons, 1860; by descent in the Parsons family; Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, 1966. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1993

Associated names

Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
G. A. Richmond
Robert Davis
Parsons family
Ellen R. Parsons


"Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 90, no. 4 (October 1966): 405, ill.
"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 144, no. 2 (August 1993): 129, ill.
"Eldred's American and Marine Art Auction," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (March 20, 2009): lot 89, ill.
"Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 90, no. 4 (October 1966).
"Americana, Paintings, Sporting Items, and Marine Art, April 3, 2009–April 4, 2009," (accessed March 30, 2009), lot 1107.
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), 112n26.