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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown


102 21 1/2 10 7/8 in. (259.081 54.61 27.623 cm) Width, dial: 12 in. (30.48 cm)



Current location

Redwood Library and Athenaeum


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


Pine with black japanned decoration; pine (secondary)


"William Claggett Newport," engraved on nameplate in dial arch


Captain John Stanton (1730–1782), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent in the Stanton family, Newport, Rhode Island to the Misses Stanton; by descent to Rev. Samuel Gavitt Babcock (1851–1938), Newport, Rhode Island, and later Boston and Marblehead, Massachusetts; given to the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island, 1948

Associated names

Rev. Samuel Gavitt Babcock
Captain John Stanton
Stanton family

See also


Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 286–287, no. 86, ill.
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): 3, 39–45, fig. 24–30.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 47, Part 3 (Summer 1974): 183–187.
Albert L. Partridge, "William Claggett, of Newport, Rhode Island, Clockmaker," Old-Time New England 27, no. 3 (January 1937): 115, ill.
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), 111n14, 297n5.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 25, 62–63, 72–77, 132–33, 190–93, 244, no. 13, WC-54, fig. 1.41, 1.42, 1.43, 1.44, 1.63, 1.74, 1.77, 4.12.
The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America, exh. cat. (Newport, R I.: Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 2019), 29, ill.