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Tall case clock with earlier movement


Object number

RIF4392

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694?1749

Dimensions

92 3/4 19 1/4 10 7/8 in. (235.59 48.9 27.62 cm)

Date

1730–40 (movement); 1800–1810 (case)

Current location

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); chestnut (back and top of hood and backboard to case); pine (corner blocks of case interior, core of upper molding of hood, and seat board)

Marks

"W Claggett / Newport," engraved on boss in dial arch

Inscriptions

"From the Collection of / J. Cheney Wells / Southbridge, Massachusetts / No. 70," engraved on brass plaque screwed to interior of waist door

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

J. Cheney Wells, Southbridge, Massachusetts, 1936 until 1957; given to Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, 1957

Associated names

J. Cheney Wells

Bibliography

Philip Zea and Robert C. Cheney, Clock Making in New England, 1725–1825: An Interpretation of the Old Sturbridge Village Collection (Sturbridge, Mass.: Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, 1992), 13–14, 164, fig. 1-3–1-4.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 50–52, 72–73, 241, WC-17, fig. 1.14, 1.15, 1.62.