David Williams of Newport and Providence, Rhode Island. Clockmaker, watchmaker, silversmith and jeweler.

David Williams was born in Rochester, Massachusetts on March 29, 1769. His parents were John Williams (b. 1731- ) and Mary (Peckham) Williams of Middletown, RI (b. 1733-). David was a Quaker. It is not clear who trained David as a clockmaker. It is thought that he was at work in Newport by 1800. His shop was located on the corner of Duke and Queen Streets. In 1811, he moved his shop on the north side of Parade. This location was ten doors down above his old stand. This shop was most recently occupied by Zenas Fearing. In 1818, he moved again to 56 Broad Street. All the while, he must have had a retail outlet in the city of Providence. He was one of, if not the most prolific Clockmakers in Rhode Island. We have owned many tall clocks, Massachusetts Shelf clocks and other banjo clocks in the recent past. It is interesting to note that we know who made the banjo clock cases for Williams. A probate court record exists that indicates that John Young performed this service. David Williams died in Newport on June 29,1823 at the age of 54.

David Williams of Newport, Rhode Island. A fine and rare federal cross banded mahogany tall case clock.

This very attractive tall case clock is the epitome of the Newport Federal style. It is constructed with the highest quality… read more

David Williams of Newport, Rhode Island. An exceptional inlaid mahogany tall case clock.

This fine cross banded and finely inlaid mahogany case tall clock was made by David Williams of Newport, Rhode Island. Please… read more

David Williams of Newport, Rhode Island. Tall case clock.

This a fine cross banded mahogany case tall clock was made by David Williams of Newport, Rhode Island. This case is… read more

David Williams Shelf Clock of Newport, Rhode Island.

This rare Federal Massachusetts Shelf Clock was made by David Williams of Newport, Rhode Island. This Massachusetts Shelf Clock was made… read more