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Bracket clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown


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



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Brass and possibly yellow poplar


"William Claggett Newport," engraved in dial arch


Private collection

Associated names

Private Collection


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.


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.
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.
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.
The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America, exh. cat. (Newport, R I.: Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 2019), 16.