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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown


99 20 3/4 11 1/16 in. (251.46 52.71 28.12 cm)



Current location

The Henry Ford


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


Walnut and walnut veneer (primary); cherry (dial mat and seat board); yellow poplar (sides of hood, blocks of hood, and backboard of hood); pine (front of hood, back of waist door, backboard of case, front stiles of case, filler blocks behind sides of base, and filler behind molding at case top); maple (blocks of hinges); cherry or maple (cove molding above door of hood); beech (base of hood)


"W. Clagget / Newport," engraved on dial


“H,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side [at bottom] of hood; “Nanny Reid 77 / Days wo[rk],” in chalk, on interior of waist door; 13th [?]ug[?] / The Chimnys was Swep February / the 20th,” in chalk, on interior of waist door; “Frank B[?] werk [counting marks],” in chalk, on interior of waist door; other illegible chalk, on interior of waist door; milk [?], in graphite, on interior of waist door


Anthony family, Newport, Rhode Island. John S. Walton, Inc., New York by 1962; sold to The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, 1962

Associated names

Anthony family
John S. Walton, Inc.


The removable hood has a later single-board roof with molded edge, underneath which is an assembly of rectangular blocks and a longitudinal batten supporting a pulvinated molding, a cove molding and three rectangular plinths with urn-form finials. The batten is set into grooves in the hood sides. The hood backboard is nailed and glued to the rear edges of the four-piece hood sides, which are glued and nailed with brads to the veneered boards to which the elements of the hood?s entablature are fixed. At the top is a small cap molding; below is a cove above a single-piece cornice, then a veneered frieze, then a single-piece architrave molding, arched in front over the glazed door. The veneer is attached to the moldings with tiny brads. Each veneered hood side contains a rectangular glazed portal with thumb-molded surround. Each side is set into a groove in the top of the transverse boards of the hood base. The back edges of the frieze boards above and the vertical strips nailed to the back edges of the hood sides below form a rabbet which allows the hood to slide over the case?s backboard. Each vertical strip provides a corner at the back of the hood into which a turned quarter round colonnette is nailed with brads. The stiles and rails of the dial mat are half-lapped and face-nailed with brads. The stiles and rails of the hinged, arched and glazed hood door are half-lapped and secured with wood-filled fasteners. Three-quarter round colonnettes are attached to each side of the door; their capitals are held on with brads. On the underside of each transverse board of the hood base are nails securing it to the hood side above. The front board is tenoned to them without wood pins. Through the bottom of the proper left transverse board is revealed the dowel at the bottom of the door?s engaged colonnette. The bottom of a small single-piece molding is proud of the hood?s base boards, allowing it to slide over a two-part beaded cove molding and its horizontal blocking. The case waist sides and front are veneered and center an arched, hinged door whose rails are half-lapped to its main panel. Its front is veneered and crossbanded; its hinges are fixed with rosehead nails to blocks within the case, and through shaped flat wood strips on the door back. A single-piece ogee molding marks the transition between the waist and the base, which is now reduced in height. The base front and sides are crossbanded and veneered. The single-board case back is augmented by vertical strips at the hood and base. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 4, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Movement: 8-day brass time and strike


Katharine Bryant Hagler, American Queen Anne Furniture: 1720–1755, exh. cat. (Dearborn, Mich.: The Edison Institute, 1976), 26, 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), 111n9, 155–156, 245, no. 9, fig. 1 (detail).
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 243, WC-41.