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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749


Height: 89 19 10 1/2 in. (226.06 48.26 26.67 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Walnut (primary); yellow poplar (back board)


"Will Claggett / Newport," engraved on brass nameplate below center arbor


Nineteenth-century inscriptions [probably cleaning or repair records], in chalk, on interior waist door


Possibly Samuel Gorton (1706–1796), Warwick, Rhode Island; possibily by descent to his daughter, Sarah Gorton Bowen (1739–1820) and her husband, Israel Bowen (1733–1819), Summit, Rhode Island; by descent to their great, great, granddaughter Almira Butters Lewis, Coventry, Rhode Island; sold to George E. Vernon and Company, Newport, Rhode Island; sold by their agent William R. Secord, Hartford, Connecticut, to William H. Putnam, Hartford, Connecticut, 1929; by descent to his son Albert D. Putnam, Hartford, Connecticut; consigned to Skinner, Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton), January 11, 1992, lot 133A; sold to Robert C. Cheney, Boston and Brimfield, Massachusetts; private collection, Connecticut; consigned to Skinner, Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Marlborough), November 20, 2010, lot 495. Private collection, before 2014

Associated names

Samuel Gorton
Israel Bowen
Sarah Gorton Bowen
Almira Butters Lewis
George E. Vernon and Company
William R. Secord
William Hutchinson Putnam
Albert D. Putnam
Skinner, Inc.
Robert C. Cheney
Skinner, Inc.


Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Mass., Americana, sale cat. (January 11, 1992), lot 133A, ill.
"Lot 495, Queen Anne Walnut Tall Clock by William Claggett," (accessed December 22, 2010).
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), 98–99, fig. 1, 2 (detail).
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 24, 142, 158–61, 240, no. 1, WC-1.
The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America, exh. cat. (Newport, R I.: Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 2019), 9, ill.