Articles Published on Watches & Clocks
Articles on Early American & Colonial Watches
Robert Leslie received the first American patents for clock and watch inventions signed by George Washington. His patents include chronometer, constant force and clock escapements, the torsion pendulum, and the "Nautical Watch," a watch designed to assist navigation at sea (W&C Bulletin, 2018).
S.G. Jones imported state-of-the-art watches with early Massey escapements from England. He was previously affiliated with a number of well respected watchmakers including Abraham Patton, Isaac Price and Robert Leslie (W&C Bulletin / British Horology Times, 2017).
Born in Cronton, England, John Wright was one of the first watchmakers to immigrate to colonial America and the maker of the earliest known American-signed watch. The movement may have been finished by Wright in colonial New York. The sun & moon dial was likely fabricated by a local silversmith in the city (W&C Bulletin, 2014).
The article discusses Providence, Rhode island clock maker and Quaker Caleb Wheaton who arranged to import watches from England for his wealthy clientele toward the turn of the 19th century (Clocks Magazine, 2012).
The story of watchmaking in colonial America is vastly more interesting and complex than previously assumed. This article discusses early watchmaking and the environment in which American makers worked (W&C Bulletin, 2010).
Articles on Watch Papers
Watch papers were early advertising that reminded the owner where to service his watch, but this is an example of a rare perpetual calendar paper that commemorated the death of President George Washington in 1799 (Maine Antique Digest, 2012).
Although millions of watch papers were printed in Europe and America, very few original copper plates survive. This masonic example was for the watchmaker Louis Kyezor of Doncaster (England), and the reverse features a fabulous trade card for a harness maker named Goodworth. The plate is signed by the engraver Boocock of Doncaster, England (British Horology Times, 2013).
Articles on English Watches
Articles on Clocks & Sundials
Observations on a 17th century clock by John Davis of Windsor, England. John Davis was an important clock maker who made the famous carillon clock located in Suffrage Tower at Windsor Castle (Clocks Magazine, 2015).
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