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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF5324

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694?1749

Dimensions

92 1/2 19 3/4 10 1/2 in. (235 50.2 26.7 cm)

Date

1735–45

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Walnut and walnut (primary); yellow poplar (back board and dial mat); maple (blocks on waist); pine (door and blocks on hood door)

Marks

"Will: Claggett / Newport," engraved on brass plaque below center arbor

Inscriptions

"This clock was set up [illegible] / his house January 14, 1840 / by Job Wilbour for Simeon Hazard," in ink, on a paper label glued inside the proper right side of waist; history of descent of clock in Hazard family, in typescript, on two papers attached to interior back board; " oiled 11/11/02 / 2/20/04 / 11/16/16," in ink, on paper taped inside waist door' business card for clock restoration by W. Edward Christiansen, Jr., taped inside waist door

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

George L. Hazard (1773–1836), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Simeon Hazard (1817–1855), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Mary Ann Hazard (1819–1900), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her son William S. Hazard (1854–1923), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Hannah C. Hazard (ca. 1860–1941), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her son William Douglas Hazard (1883–1948), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Charlotte N. Hazard (1877–1962), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her daughter Helen Hazard Halpin (1911–2004), Newport, Rhode Island

Associated names

George L. Hazard
Simeon Hazard
Mary Ann Hazard
William S. Hazard
Hannah C. Hazard
William Douglas Hazard
Charlotte N. Hazard
Helen Hazard Harpin

Construction

The roof of the removable hood is a single board, chamfered on its upper face at its front and sides. On top it is fitted with a later pediment and finials. The boards of the entablature are veneered and topped by slender strips of wood. A single-piece cornice molding is fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the top of the entablature, and a single-piece architrave molding is fixed with brads and wood-filled fasteners to the bottom. The hood sides consist of four vertical boards, each enclosing, within a frame of quarter-round molding, a rectangular glazed portal. The two flanking and upper, central boards of the hood sides are fixed with rosehead nails to the backs of the entablature boards. The flanking and lower, central boards sit in grooves in the hood base below. The back edges of the hood sides are rabbeted to fit over the case back. Vertical blocks glued and nailed into the front corners of the hood connect the sides to the dial mat, whose stiles are tenoned and wood-pinned to its stiles. The stiles of the arched, glazed door (with integral three-quarter round colonnettes) are tenoned and wood-pinned to its rails. The glass is secured to the frame by a quarter-round molding fixed by wood-filled fasteners. At the back of the hood are quarter columns (probably replaced) and their integral backing boards fixed with brads to the hood sides. The joints between the front and side rails of the hood base are reinforced by wood pins, and the bottom edge of the hood sides are fixed to the base with brads through its underside. The proper right side of the molding at the face of the hood base has been replaced. A beaded cove molding is fixed to the top of case?s waist by invisible means and by wood-filled fasteners. The waist?s stiles, rails and door-front are veneered. The door, flushed on the inside, consists of a large vertical panel tenoned without wood pins to an arched top rail and a narrow bottom rail. At its outer face, a nose and cove frame molding is attached with wood-filled fasteners. The ogee molding at the transition from waist to base is attached with wood-filled fasteners, as are the boards and moldings of the double-layered base. Examined by P.E. Kane, March 23, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 47, Part 3 (Summer 1974): 170, ill.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Supplement to the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 11 (Summer 1976): 6–7, fig. 1–2.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 242, WC-28.