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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker Squire Millerd, 1749–1820
Alternate name(s): Squire Millard
Casemaker Unknown


86 × 20 × 10 in. (218.44 × 50.8 × 25.4 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Warwick, Rhode Island, Made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Cherry (primary); chestnut (backboard, roof of hood, back of hood)


"Squire / Millerd / Warwick," engraved in dial arch


"Feb 5 1886 / Nov 7 1870 / Fast / Slow," in chalk, on interior back board; "John T. Tillinghast / 200 / 208 Friendship St," "Gillingan / 4 mo / 24 D/ 1880," and "June 1847 RS," in graphite, on interior waist door; "Tillinghast / 208 Friendship St," in ink(?), on underside of seat board


John Tillinghast, Providence, Rhode Island. Pooley family estate, Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia. Lukanon Antiques, Vancouver. Bonhams and Butterfields, New York, January 22, 2009, lot 1175

Associated names

Pooley Family Estate
Lukanon Antiques
Bonhams and Butterfields


The removable hood has a roof of several boards, shaped to align with its arched façade, nailed to its front frieze board with brads and to its side frieze boards and backboards with rosehead nails. Atop the hood are two rectangular plinths supporting spherical fluted finials with corkscrew flames. The hood?s backboard is arched above and arched and rabbeted below to fit over the case?s backboard, and meets the hood side in dovetail joints, having large, thick-necked pins of varying configuration. Single-piece cornice and architrave moldings are affixed to the top and bottom of the hood?s entablature. A full-height reinforcing strip is nailed to the back of each three-piece, fluted, half-round colonette at the back of the hood. Each colonette has a separate base and cap piece. The rabbeted case sides, which have no side portals, are set into grooves in the transverse boards of the hood base. A separate, single-piece edge molding extends below the transverse boards of the hood base to allow the hood to rest upon the beaded cove molding and its triangular blocking at the top of the waisted case. The arched, molded, glazed door opens to a brass dial and works. Hood guides are nailed with brads to the single board case sides. The outside face of the waist door is convex-blocked, shell-carved, lipped and thumb-molded. The shell and blocked panel are applied. The stiles and rails of the door have mitered corners and are tenoned to each other. The blocked exterior panel is fixed by nails in a molding set into the frame in the door?s interior. The shell is fixed by wood-filled countersunk screw pockets in the arched top rail of the door?s interior. The back brackets of the rear feet are simple, straight-profiled diagonal boards. The back faces of the side-brackets of the rear feet are carved slightly to approximate an ogee curve. Between the outside of the side and back brackets of the rear feet is an upright block. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 20, 2009; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


The shells on the waist doors on RIF2860 and RIF4251 appear to have been carved by the same carver.

See also


"Bonhams advertisement," Maine Antique Digest (January 2009): 43-E, ill.
"Bonhams to Host First Americana Sale on East Coast January 22," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (January 2, 2009): 24, ill.
Megan Holloway Fort, "Current and Coming: Bonhams," Antiques 175, no. 1 (January 2009): 26.
Bonhams and Butterfields, New York, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 22, 2009), 69, lot 1175, 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), 63n98, 423n1.