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Tall case clock with earlier movement

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown


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


1730–40 (movement); 1800–1810 (case)

Current location

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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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)


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


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


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

Associated names

J. Cheney Wells


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.