NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
The works and case are completely original to each other. Both hands and second sweep appear to be original. The case is made of cherry and maple and was originally painted a red paint-stain. Many of the clocks by Thomas and his father, William Claggett, were paint decorated and the Claggett Tallcase Clock in the Redwood Library in Newport is a fine example of this kind of work.
The engraved brass and silver dial and clockworks are original and were restored by Kirtland Crump & Company in 1998. The clock works were disassembled, thoroughly cleaned, removing rust and old oil. The works were extra polished, the pivots burnished (as they were rusty because someone had cleaned the works in a water-ammonia solution which caused severe corrosion.) The clock was then "fitted up" to replace the worn arbor bushings (4) and train bushings (12). Both ratchet clicks were tightened and re-fitted. The badly corroded and pitted silver dial was polished but not lacquered.
The paint history indicates that the clock was originally painted a red paint-stain. The clock case has no major restoration excepting the restored painted surface.
86 Inches High