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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Samuel Rockwell, 1722–1773



Current location



Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); pine (backboard and blocks of interior case); chestnut (blocks for hinges, guides for hood, and back of hood); yellow poplar (top of hood and mat board)


"Samuel Rocknel," engraved on dial




On loan to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, L1981.16.1

Associated names

The Rhode Island Historical Society


The removable hood has a roof of two boards, with rabbeted ends, shaped to align with its arched fašade, nailed with brads to the friezeboard in front and the arched backboard behind. A sheet of colored paper is glued to the top of the roof. The arched backboard is nailed with brads into rabbets in the solid hood sides, which are set into grooves in the transverse boards of the hood base. The solid friezeboards at the hood sides are fixed to it with rosehead nails through the inside of the hood. Attached to the frieze are a one-piece cornice molding (with triangular blocking) above and a one-piece architrave molding fixed with wood-filled fasteners below. There are free-standing, single-piece colonnettes at each corner of the hood, fixed to the longitudinal board of the hood base with screws. The single-piece molding at the bottom of the hood is held on by wood-filled fasteners. The stiles of the arched, glazed, hinged hood door are tenoned to the rails without wood pins. It opens to a brass dial and works. The arched top rail of the dial mat is tenoned and nailed to its rails. The hood slides into places over guides nailed with brads to the single-board case sides and front stiles and rests upon a single-piece beaded cove molding nailed with brads at its mitered corners and to the case front and sides. The stiles of the waist?s front face are fixed with wood-faced fasteners to its sides. The top rail is tenoned without pins to the stiles. The inside rear corners of the case contain vertical triangular glue blocks. The inside front corners contain vertical rectangular blocking for the attachment of brass hinges for the arched, thumb-molded, convex-blocked, single-piece shell-carved waist door. The single-piece molding between waist and base is fixed with brads and wood-filled fasteners. The stiles of the base front are face-nailed to its single-board sides, its rails are tenoned to them without wood pins, and they center a single-board, thumb-molded flat rectangular panel. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, November 10, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


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), 111–112n20.