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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Edward Spalding, American, 1732–1785


93 1/8 × 20 3/8 × 10 1/4 in. (236.54 × 51.75 × 26.04 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); chestnut (backboard); pine (saddle board and case bottom); cherry (dial mat)


"E. Spalding / PROVIDENCE," engraved, on plate below center arbor


"Nathaniel Wheaton clock given to Mary Rivers by her great aunt Eliza Wheaton Lyman," in ink, on a paper label attached to case; "This clock is inventoried as among the household possessions of Nathaniel Wheaton of Providence who died in 1795. Given to Robert Wheaton Rivers by his aunt Mary Rivers. Now in the possession of . . . ," in typescript, on paper label attached to case


Nathaniel Wheaton (1732–1795), Warren, Rhode Island; by descent to his granddaughter Mrs. Thomas Rivers (née Mary Wheaton, 1793–1871), Charleston, South Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Robert Wheaton Rivers (1882–1945), Brookline, Massachusetts, and Santa Barbara, California; by descent to his wife Rosalie Channing Rivers (died 1963), Santa Barbara, California; by descent in the family

Associated names

Nathaniel Wheaton
Mary Wheaton
Robert Wheaton Rivers
Rosalie Channing Rivers