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Richard L. Champlin Papers, Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, R.I.
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Wall clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown
Decorator William Gibbs, worked 1731



Current location

Newport Historical Society


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Japanned wood


"WILLIAM CLAGGET NEWPORT," in gold, on edge of octagonal face


Commissioned for the Sabbatarian Meetinghouse, Newport, Rhode Island, 1732. Newport Historical Society, Rhode Island, 1884

Associated names

Sabbatarian Meetinghouse


Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 2, pp. 285–286, fig. 844.
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): 25, fig. 13.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 47, Part 3 (Summer 1974): 177.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 64–65, 184–85, 245, no. 11, WC-62, fig. 1.47, 1.48.