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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker Caleb Wheaton, American, 1757–1827
Casemaker Unknown
Maker, possibly by Townsend Goddard, 1750–1790


Height: 97 1/2 in. (247.651 cm)


ca. 1790

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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"Caleb Wheaton / Providence," painted on dial


"C. W. Lyon 75178," sticker on pendulum; "05," in pen, below; "Charles W. Lyon," typed, and "05 75178," handwritten sticker on right weight; "The hall clock you have was owned by Major Thomas Williams, who died December 14, 1829, in his 71st year. My idea is he had it in his early youth. It might have belonged to his father. Signed Thomas Battey.," label inside waist door; letter taped inside of case door from Charles Woolsey Lyon, which describes the clock and, its condition and discusses the workmanship of Caleb Wheaton and of Townsend and Goddard, as well as the relationship between Wheaton and Townsend and Goddard, and in closing quotes, the Battey note


Possibly Thomas Williams (died December 14, 1829), Providence, Rhode Island. Charles Woolsey Lyon (died ca. 1973), Millbrook, New York, 1968 and 1971; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, March 3, 1973, lot 162; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993) for Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1973; Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, from 1974

Associated names

Sotheby Parke Bernet
Major Thomas Williams
Doris Duke
Charles Woolsey Lyon


Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 18th and 19th Century American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Charles Woolsey Lyon, Millbrook New York, sale cat. (March 3, 1973), 45, lot 162, ill.
"Charles Woolsey Lyon advertisement," Antiques 100, no. 3 (September 1971): 311.
"Charles Woolsey Lyon advertisement," Antiques 94, no. 2 (August 1968): 147, ill.