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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown


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 Ames
Walter H. Durfee
William G. Russell

See also


Frank L. Hohmann III, "Clock Cases in American Colonies," Antiques and Fine Art 9, no. 6 (Autumn/Winter 2009): 204, ill.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 282–283, no. 84, ill.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 3245, 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.
Albert L. Partridge, "William Claggett, of Newport, Rhode Island, Clockmaker," Old-Time New England 27, no. 3 (January 1937): 115.
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.
Brooks Palmer, The Book of American Clocks (New York: MacMillan Company, 1950), 28–29, fig. 15–16.
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.
Wallace Nutting, The Clock Book (Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Publishing Co., 1935), 49, no. 187, ill.