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From: Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and his Clockmaking Family," A Supplement to the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 11 (Summer 1976): 36, fig. 22
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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker James Wady, died 1759
Casemaker Unknown


95 20 1/2 10 5/8 in. (241.3 52.07 26.99 cm)


ca. 1752

Current location

Newport Historical Society


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); pine (backboard, block behind lock, and dial mat); chestnut (blocks for hinges); maple (saddleboard)


"James Wady / Newport," engraved on nameplate below hands on brass dial


"Old clock built in 1752. Bought in 1801" written on a paper label on the case interior


By tradition, Polypus Hammond (1702–1773) , Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to James Lorenzo Hammond (1868–1921), Mattapoisett, Massachusetts; by descent to his daughter, Catherine Hammond Frizzell; bequeathed to the Newport Historical Society, Rhode Island, 1974

Associated names

James Lorenzo Hammond
Catherine Hammond Frizzell
Polypus Hammond


The removable hood is surmounted by an ogee-shaped superstructure with a flat, molded-edge roof, flanked by ball and steeple brass finials on small rectangular plinths. Below a single-piece crown molding are spandrels with openwork vegetal ornament laid over colored fabric, above an arched, molded, glazed door, with engaged three-quarter round colonnettes, opening to a brass dial and works. There are rectangular glazed portals on the sides of the hood, and engaged quarter round colonnettes at the back. The waisted case below consists of a single-piece beaded-cove molding above a flat, rectangular, single-piece door with molded edge, surrounded by stiles and rails tenoned together without wood pins. The case sides are single boards. The door swings by means of two pairs of brass hinges, fixed to the backside of the door and to the case stiles with brass and rosehead nails. There are several vertical chamfered glue blocks within the case. A three-part molding applied with brads sits upon the plain base, above a base molding with integral bracket feet. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 26, 2014; notes compiled by 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): 36–37, fig. 22, 23.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 47, Part 3 (Summer 1974): 179, ill.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 241–42, 246, WC-25, JW-8.
Richard L. Champlin, "James Wady," Newport History 48, no. 160 (Fall 1975): 350, 353, ill.