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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749


112 × 21 1/2 × 13 in. (284.481 × 54.61 × 33.02 cm) Width, dial: 13 in. (33.02 cm)



Current location

Private collection


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


Blue ground japanned


"William Claggett Newport," engraved in arch above dial


William G. Russell, Providence, Rhode Island. William Ames, Providence, Rhode Island, by 1926. Walter Durfee, Providence, by 1933

Associated names

William G. Russell
William Ames
Walter H. Durfee

See also


Frank L. Hohmann III, "Clock Cases in American Colonies," Antiques and Fine Art 9, no. 6 (Autumn/Winter 2009): 204, ill.
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 2, p. 285, fig. 842.
Wallace Nutting, The Clock Book (Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Publishing Co., 1935), 49, no. 187, ill.
Albert L. Partridge, "William Claggett, of Newport, Rhode Island, Clockmaker," Old-Time New England 27, no. 3 (January 1937): 115.
Brooks Palmer, The Book of American Clocks (New York: MacMillan Company, 1950), 28–29, fig. 15–16.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 3245, ill.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 282–283, no. 84, 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.
Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller, Musical Clocks of Early America, 1730–1830: A Catalogue Raisonné (North Grafton, Mass.: Willard House and Clock Museum, 2017), 81–83, fig. 31, 31B–C.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 58–59, 62, 74–75, 186–89, 244, no. 12, WC-53, fig. 1.28, 1.29, 1.30, 1.73.