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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Thomas Claggett, ca. 1730?1797



Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.


Made in Newport, Rhode Island, and made in Boston, Massachusetts
(view a map of Rhode Island)




"Thomas / Claggett / NEWPORT," engraved on brass dial


"Ramsey[?]]," in chalk, on interior of upper backboard


Queen Anne


John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1969; sold to E. Martin Wunsch (1924–2013), New York; the Wunsch Americana Foundation, New York; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 19, 2018, lot 163

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
E. Martin Wunsch


This case of this clock was made in Boston, Massachusetts.


"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 95, no. 2 (February 1969): 172, ill.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 47, Part 3 (Summer 1974): 178.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Supplement to the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 11 (Summer 1976): 26–27, fig. 14–15.
Joan Barzilay Freund, Alan Miller, and Leigh Keno, "The Very Pink of the Mode: Boston Georgian Chairs, Their Export, Their Influence," American Furniture (1996): 294, 305, fig. 43.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 234–37, 247, no. 28, TC-6.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 19, 2018), 90–91, lot 163, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Washington and Wady Clock Top Christie's Americana Auction," Maine Antique Digest (March 2018): 35-D, ill.