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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

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"It's About Time" -Colonial Clockmakers. [contained in the] 2000 Philadelphia Antiques Show Program. The 2000 loan exhibition featured Colonial American tall case clocks. A spectacular exhibition. A benefit for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the annual Philadelphia Antiques Show is one of the nation's premier Americana shows, and its catalog features a scholarly, in-depth article on a topic usually related to that year's show loan exhibition. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 30 pages [article], color and black & white illustrations. Light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 34648
Price: $ 20.00       




Retrospective Louis Cartier. Masterworks of Art Deco. Cartier: 1982. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. A beautifully illustrated survey of the fabulous Art Deco-era clocks and watches designed by Louis Cartier. Stunning. Hardcover. 9"x12", 67 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35154
Price: $ 125.00       




The Alexander III 25th Wedding Anniversary Clock by Carl Faberge. New York Christie's: April 18th, 1996. A special catalog devoted to a single item- a spectacular silver, onyx, and diamond-set presentation mantel clock created by Carl Faberge as a 25th Anniversary present for Emperor Alexander III and the Empress Maria Feodorovna from 32 members of their family. The catalog includes a description and history of the clock and many photos. Softcover. 8.5"x10.5", 27 pages, many color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34412
Price: $ 35.00       




[Ayer] American Antiques of New England Origin Collected for Marietta R. Ayer by the late Frederick Wellington Ayer. New York American Art Association, Anderson Galleries: February 5-6, 1937. Sale 4299. This auction included a number of early Sandwich glass candlesticks and lamps, and a wide selection of early 19th century New England banjo and shelf clocks. Softcover. 6.25"x9.5", 59 pages, 444 lots, b/w illustrations. Light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 31950
Price: $ 25.00       




Baker, Muriel L. Decorated Furniture and Furnishings. [contained in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin -July, 1960. The article focuses, as one might expect, on Connecticut. This issue also includes articles on Luke Vincent Lockwood's claim that John Townsend at one time worked in Connecticut, and 18th Century Norwich clockmakers Nathaniel Shipman, Jr. and Felix Huntington. Softcover. 6"x9", 9 pages [article], black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 33353
Price: $ 20.00       




[Barnard Clock] Catalogue of The Barnard Clock, Watches, Fine Marine Chronometers and Fine Table, Bracket and Longcase Clocks (various owners). London Sotheby & Co.: November 16th, 1970. The 'Barnard Clock' was a "highly important small silver-mounted ebony bracket clock said to have been made for Queen Anne", signed by Tompion, with its original oak traveling case. After belonging to Queen Anne it is said to have been given by George II to Andrew Stone, his private secretary, and passed to his eldest sister, wife of William Barnard, in whose family it descended. It fetched $62,000. Also clocks by Quare, 3 by Knibb, and so on. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 25 pages plus 1 color and 12 b/w plates (one folding) 74 lots prices realized sheet stapled to title page.

Inventory #: 35784
Price: $ 35.00       




Beckman, Elizabeth D. Cincinnati Silversmiths. An In-depth Study of the Cincinnati Silversmiths, Jewelers, Watch and Clockmakers through 1850. Also Listing the More Prominent Men in These Trades from 1851 until 1900. Cincinnati: B. B. & Co.: 1975. An important study of Cincinnati silver and silversmiths, based on a great deal of original research by the author. The book also includes extensive excerpts from the diary of silversmith Jacob Deterly from 1819 to 1833. Robert Alan Green wrote the laudatory Foreword. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 167 pages, b/w illustrations, marks near fine bookplate.

Inventory #: 31446
Price: $ 375.00       




Bedini, Silvio A. The Borghesi Astronomical Clock in the Museum of History and Technology. Washington Smithsonian Institution: 1964. Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology #35. The story of an 18th century clock designed by Father Francesco Borghesi and constructed by Bartolomeo Antonio Bertolla. An offprint from the U.S. National Museum Bulletin. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 44 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear, minor soil.

Inventory #: 34250
Price: $ 25.00       




Camm, F.J. Watches, Adjustment & Repair. A Practical Handbook on Modern Watches. Brooklyn Chemical Publishing Company: (1950). A standard technical guide, first published in England in 1940. Although geared to "modern" watches, the fine text and many illustrations are also useful for older watches. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 166 pages, line and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket chipped.

Inventory #: 35152
Price: $ 30.00       




Camm, F.J. Watches, Adjustment & Repair. A Practical Handbook on Modern Watches. Brooklyn Chemical Publishing Company: (1950). A standard technical guide, first published in England in 1940. Although geared to "modern" watches, the fine text and many illustrations are also useful for older watches. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 166 pages, line and black & white illustrations. Minor wear, cover soil.

Inventory #: 35852
Price: $ 25.00       




Carrera, R. Hours of Love / Les Heures de l'Amour / die Stunden der Liebe. Lausanne Scriptar SA: [1990. An extremely well-illustrated study of European watches of the late 18th and early 19th century which featured either erotic scenes, or erotic automata actions. The author drew from both museums and private collectors to produce this study of a type of watch is usually not put on public view. French/English/German text. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 143 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35025
Price: $ 250.00       




[Clocks] Catalogue of Scientific Instruments, Good Watches and Clocks including property of the late H. Alan Lloyd, Mrs. C.K. Prestige [and others]. London Sotheby & Co.: July 20th, 1970. Highlights included a rare signed 1576 compendium fine watches a 19th c. Japanese musical bracket clock a Berthoud striking mantel clock a Knibb ebony bracket clock, and more. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 163 lots, 38 pages plus 7 b/w plates illustrating 11 lots price sheet stapled to first page.

Inventory #: 7124
Price: $ 20.00       




Cumhaill, P.W. Investing in Clocks and Watches. New York Clarkson N. Potter: 1967. Focuses on better antique clocks of the British and European type, but with lots of good history of both clock and watch development and commonsense advice. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 159 pages, b/w and color illustrations, chipped dj. Underlining on one page.

Inventory #: 30393
Price: $ 25.00       




Hohmann III, Frank L. Timeless. Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks. New York Hohmann Holdings: 2009. A superbly illustrated, scholarly study of a Golden Era of American clockmaking. 1720 to 1785 was the period of the American brass dial clock. One hundred of these clocks, mostly tall-case pieces, are illustrated and described here in intricate detail, illustrated by beautifully detailed photographs. The clocks were selected from both public and private collections, and many have never been published. In addition to the clocks, there are essays on clocks and Society, the business of clockmaking in 18th century America, clocks & clock shops, clock cases in Colonial America, and the accuracy of Colonial-era timekeeping, as well as biographies of the clockmakers. A stunning, important study. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 376 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90422
Price: $ 135.00       




Kimball, Marie. The Original Furnishings of the White House. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. June & July, 1929. These two issues also include the articles- "Abner Toppan, Cabinetmaker" (Newburyport, Mass.) by Dexter Edwin Spalding (Semowich 704) "Old English Decanters and Their Labels" by G. Bernard Hughes "Rolled Paper Work" by Guy Cadogan Rothbury "Battersea and Bilston Enamels" by G. Bernard Hughes "A Willard Clock of Unusual Interest" by Hazel E. Cummin, and more. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear, etc.

Inventory #: 7423
Price: $ 40.00       




Langdon, John E. Clock & Watchmakers in Canada, 1700 to 1900. Toronto Anson-Cartwright Editions: 1976. As Langdon points out in his introduction, until the 20th century the line between watchmakers, jewelers and silversmiths was often blurry at best -many artisans did a bit of each job and took work as it came to their door. This massive compilation of names, dates, places and professions was gleaned from census records, advertisements, directories, documents, newspapers, and other sources. Softcover. 6"x9", 195 pages fine.

Inventory #: 95009
Price: $ 25.00       




Miller, Judith. Watches. Octopus Publishing Group: 2009. "The story of wristwatch design is told here through 300 captioned color photos of splendid examples from Rolex and Hamilton, Longines and Bulova, Swatch and Omega, and many other fine or fashionable makers, set with quotes on watches and time from notable voices. "When a guy takes off his coat, he's not going to fight. When a guy takes off his wristwatch, watch out!" says Basketball Hall of Famer Al McGuire, for example. Antiques expert Judith Miller looks at choice items from each decade of the 20th century, as well as particular collecting areas (novelty, diving, military, and mystery watches), and provides insights into the major manufacturers and most collectible models". Softcover. 5.5"x6.5", 304 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95190
Price: $ 12.50       




Miner, George L. Angell's Lane, The History of a Little Street in Providence. Providence Akerman-Standard Press: 1948. Two houses have stood on an ancient street in Providence, once called Angell's Lane and now called Thomas Street, since the 18th century- the Dodge House and the Brick House, both built by a remarkable artisan named Seril Dodge. Dodge came to Angell's Lane in 1784 and set himself up as a clockmaker, a trade at which he became very successful. By 1789 he was also advertising for silver and working as a silversmith, specializing in spoons and shoe buckles. In fact, it was said at the time that the two fine houses he built were "paid for...in silver buckles". Dodge also dealt at various times with the well-known Brown family of Providence, about whom there is much in this book as well. Eventually the Providence Art Club came into possession of the houses and half of this book is devoted to the history of the Club from its founding in the 1880s, and its members and their exhibitions and hijinks. There is also material on the history of this section of Providence through the centuries, but three chapters are devoted in one way or another to Seril Dodge, his life, his clocks and his silver (both of which Miner illustrates, including a lovely cream pitcher), and his houses. Really, a remarkable amount of artistic history was packed into a short, block-long street, and it is thoroughly covered in this book. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 198 + xxxvi pages, b/w illustrations. Publisher's brick red cloth, silver & black leather spine label light wear, but really a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 30847
Price: $ 350.00       




Nutting, Wallace. The Clock Book. Framingham Old America Company: 1924. The first edition of this popular and well illustrated study of American and foreign clocks. Primarily a compilation of photographs, with additional lists of clockmakers cribbed from Britten. Hardcover. 7"x10", 312 pages, 250 black & white illustrations. Covers worn, paste-on label missing, hinges loosened.

Inventory #: 35272
Price: $ 25.00       




[The Refectory] The Refectory. Milford, Godalming, Surrey. London Sotheby's: June 27-28, 1988. The Refectory was the creation of antique dealer Charles Sneyers, and then carried on by his son, Reginald. The stock and furnishings included fine English furniture and superlative early clocks, which were a specialty of Charles Sneyers. Softcover. 8"x10.5", about 125 pages, 693 lots, b/w and color illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 9249
Price: $ 35.00       




[Watches] Watches & Objets de Vertu. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 17th, 1970. Sale 3027. Includes some very nice 18th and early 19th century pocket watches, a nice selection of Staffordshire enamel animal-form patch boxes, and more. Material from the collections of Lila Stevenson, Marjorie Wilson and others. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 58 pages, 243 lots, b/w illustrations price list stapled to first page.

Inventory #: 7488
Price: $ 20.00       




[Williams Collection] American and English Furniture and Clocks, Prints and Decorations, the Notable Collection of the Late Andrew M. Williams. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 9-10th, 1948. Sale 955. Williams furnished his Maine home with very fine Colonial American furniture and his Manhattan apartment in 18th century English mahogany. His superlative collection of clocks included three examples from the Wethersfield Collection, including pieces by Edward East and Joseph Knibb, and American examples including clocks by Jonathan Mulliken, David Wood, three different Willards, and a "rare miniature grandfather clock" from New England. Softcover. 7"x10", 117 pages, 384 lots, b/w illustrations light wear and soil several light institutional stamps.

Inventory #: 7472
Price: $ 40.00       




[Williams] American and English Furniture and Clocks, Prints and Decorations, the Notable Collection of the Late Andrew M. Williams. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 9-10th, 1948. Sale 955. Williams furnished his Maine home with very fine Colonial American furniture and his Manhattan apartment in 18th century English mahogany. His superlative collection of clocks included three examples from the Wethersfield Collection, including pieces by Edward East and Joseph Knibb, and American examples including clocks by Jonathan Mulliken, David Wood, three different Willards, and a "rare miniature grandfather clock" from New England. Softcover. 7"x10", 117 pages, 384 lots, b/w illustrations light wear and soil, spine a bit torn.

Inventory #: 31878
Price: $ 40.00       




Wilson, Gillian, et al. European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum: 1996. A beautiful and scholarly catalog of 16 magnificent French clocks of the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic periods. Each clock is fully described and illustrated in great detail, with photos of the works also included. There are also extensive biographies of the clockmakers themselves. An important catalog. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 211 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35453
Price: $ 150.00       



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