Pennsylvania Clocks 1750-1850

by J. Carter Harris (NAWCC Special Exhibit, 2002).
6" x 9" softcover, 58 pages, and 77 photos.

Harris characterizes the English, German, Swiss, and Scotch-Irish influences on clockmaking in Pennsylvania. He described the makers and included photographs of tall clocks from the counties of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lancaster, York, Dauphin, and Allegheny; bracket clocks from Philadelphia and Dauphin counties; shelf clocks from Montgomery, Lehigh, Lancaster, Dauphin, Snyder, Centre, and Allegheny counties; and a dwarf tall clock from Montgomery County.
Carter describes the differences, and Ed LaFond’s drawing clearly shows the English-style and German-style movements. Pennsylvania clockmaking in the eighteenth century was profoundly changed by the immigration of craftsmen from Germany; however, in the nineteenth century, with the cheap 30-hour brass movement shelf clocks by Chauncey and Noble Jerome, the era of handcrafted clocks came to an end.

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