William Claggett (American (born in Wales), 1694 - 1749)
Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Overall: 234.3 x 44.5 x 26.7 cm (92 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marilyn and John F. Keane Family Gallery (Gallery 127)
Claggett arrived in Boston in 1714 and moved to Newport two years later. During the next three decades, he developed a reputation as a skillful clockmaker and a multi-talented craftsman who (among other things) made musical instruments, engraved paper money, and conducted electrical experiments. This early example of his work has a pine case, later painted to resemble mahogany.
Lent by George W. Brown, Sept. 4, 1917.
Gift of Margaret Buffinton Brown in memory of G. Winthrop Brown