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Bracket clock


Object number

RIF5361

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694?1749

Dimensions

19 3/8 10 7/8 7 1/4 in. (49.2 27.6 18.4 cm)

Date

1735–45

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Brass and possibly yellow poplar

Marks

"William Claggett Newport," engraved in dial arch

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Private collection

Associated names

Private collection

Construction

The single-board top has a rabbeted back edge; at its front and side edges are a single-piece nose-and-cove molding. The top sits upon the rabbeted edge of the single-piece case sides, each with a rectangular portal whose glass is secured from within with putty. The rails of the dial mat are half-lapped to its stiles; it is fixed to the case sides, in part, by tall glue blocks. The front and back doors are constructed similarly to the dial mat. Examined by P.E. Kane, March 22, 2019; notes compiled 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): 171–173, 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): 15, fig. 4.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 63–64, 182–83, 245, no. 10, WC-61, fig. 1.45, 1.46.