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From: James A.. Nonemaker, "Living with Antiques: Greenoaks Plantation, the Georgia home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Green," Antiques 76, no. 3 (September 1959): 235
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Reverend Willet Stillman, 1777–1826


86 20 9 1/2 in. (218.44 50.8 24.13 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Westerly, Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); chestnut (backboard)


"Willet Stillman / Westerly ," engraved, on metal plate attached to dial; "1790," in graphite, on metal plate [later]




Mrs. L. G. Derring, Athens, Georgia; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Green, Greenoaks Plantation, near Madison, Georgia, 1944

Associated names

Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Green
Mrs. L. G. Derring


The rails of the arched, molded, glazed hood door are tenoned and wood-pinned to their stiles. The front colonnettes are black-painted and fluted; the rear quarter-colonnettes are turned. The single-piece hood case sides center arched, glazed portals. The beaded cove on the waist over which the removable hood slides is attached with brads. The rails of the case waist are tenoned, without wood pins, to their stiles and center an arched, single-piece, molded door with a stylized carved shell and a glazed oculus within a molded frame. The single-board base front is half-lapped and face-nailed to its sides and centers an applied carved flower within a molded frame face-nailed with brads. Within the case, whose bottom board is missing, are multiple vertical chamfered glue blocks in the front corners. The waist sides are fixed with brads and wood pins to the blocking inside the case, as is the cove molding between the waist and base. The base molding is attached with brads, wood-filled fasteners, and rosehead nails through the inside of the base panels. The ogee bracket feet are notably heavy, load-bearing, and lack glue blocks. The front and side brackets of the front feet meet in a mitre joint. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd, from photographs supplied by Deanne Levison.


James A. Nonemaker, "Living with Antiques: Greenoaks Plantation, the Georgia Home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Green," Antiques 76, no. 3 (September 1959): 235, ill.
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), 368nn1, 3.