I am not researching this family, just entering information from one of my books "Houses Virginians Have Loved" by
Agnes Rothery, 1954:
"Two German-Swiss, Peter Rife and Peter Whipple, came to this country about the time of the Revolution, made clocks -Peter Rife doing the wood joining and marquetry and Peter Whipple the brass works."
"One of their masterpieces which survives is a tall grandfather's clock, made basically of mahogany, laid and interlaced with 365 different woods, one for every day of the year. Rife procured imported woods from Richmond, and also used some from native shrubs and trees, such as rhododendron and boxwood, dyeing certain pieces with indigo. He also obtained and incorporated bits of ivory and ebony. Every now and then someone starts to count the different pieces of inlay. One such computer reached 22,779 pieces, then lost track and gave up. The clock was made for Sebastian Wygal in 1809 and is now owned by a descendant, Professor J.S. Miller of Charlottesville."
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