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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, "Newport, A Center of Colonial Cabinetmaking," Antiques, 147 (April 1995): 552, pl. 3, Preservation Society of Newport County, 1764a-c
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Caleb Wheaton, American, 1757–1827


88 19 10 1/4 in. (223.52 48.26 26.04 cm)



Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (backboard and glue blocks); pine (molding on interior of waist door)


"Caleb Wheaton / Providence," engraved on brass dial


“$1 / 22 ?,” in chalk, on interior of waist door; “Fast / Slow / M E Auger / 2 d,” in chalk, on interior of backboard; “Aug[?] / 2d,” in chalk, on proper-right side of case interior; “– Repared Nov 28. 1929 – / – by – / Orlando H. Lowd / Nashua / N. H.,” written in ink on paper label glued to interior backboard


Elizabeth Morris Smith (1915–1994), New York and Newport, Rhode Island; given to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island

Associated names

Elizabeth Morris Smith


The hood?s cornice and architrave moldings are secured to its friezeboard with wood-filled fasteners. The stiles of the arched, molded, glazed door are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to its rails. The sides of the hood have no portals. The single-piece molding of the bottom of the hood is fixed to it with wood-filled fasteners. The cove molding at the top of the waist section is face-nailed just above its lower, beaded portion. The door rails are mitered to their stiles. Inside the door triangular vertical glue blocks secure the convex outer panel with applied shell. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, September 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Newport, A Center of Colonial Cabinetmaking," Antiques 147, no. 4 (April 1995): 552, pl. 3.
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), 112n33.