Boston: Cradle of Industrial Watchmaking

by George L. Collord III, Clint B. Geller, Michael C. Harrold, Thomas McIntyre, David Penney, Ron Price, Philip T. Priestley, and Craig Risch (NAWCC Special Order Supplement No. 5, 2005).
8-1/2" x 11" softcover, 120 pages, and many black and white photos.

Based on the proceedings of the 23rd Annual NAWCC Seminar, the volume covers four parts: Setting the Stage, Technology and Social Organization of the Early American Industry, Articulation and Diversification of the Industry, and the Impact of the American Watchmaking Industry.
America’s most important legacy was the development of efficient mass production methods to make watches. The Willards—Aaron and Simon—taught Luther Goddard their means of totally independent craft and business. Goddard became the most prolific early American watchmaker. The community in Roxbury and Washington Street in Boston in the mid-1800s attracted ambitious horologists such as Jubal Howe, Aaron Dennison, Nelson Stratton, and Edward Howard. The last legacy of Simon and Aaron Willard was the Boston Watch Co., which used automated machinery to turn out interchangeable parts for watches on a large scale. The authors also discuss thoroughly Royal Robbins and Charles Vander Woerd, outstanding contributors to the development of the watchmaking industry in Boston in the mid-nineteenth century.

 

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