[Americana - Horology] American Clock Making by C. Jerome Important Manufacturing History with Details of the Barnum Partnership Disaster, etc.

Jerome, Chauncey. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CLOCK BUSINESS FOR THE PAST SIXTY YEARS AND LIFE OF CHAUNCEY JEROME, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. BARNUM'S CONNECTION WITH THE YANKEE CLOCK BUSINESS. New Haven: F.C. Dayton, 1860. First Edition. 7 1/2 by 5 inches in the original purple cloth with gilt titling to the upper cover. 144 pages; litho portrait frontis. Long considered one of the better histories of early manufacturing in America.  “More valuable is the direct, opinionated, and vinegary 'History of the American Clock Business. . .', this work gives some picture of the spread of interchangeable parts manufacture to clock making; the other actors in that drama are less well presented in print.” --- Hindle, Technology in early America, p. 72. 

From the book: "The manufacture of Clocks has become one of the most important branches of American industry. Its productions are of immense value and form an important article of export to foreign countries. It has grown from almost nothing to its present dimensions within the last thirty years, and is confined to one of the smallest States in the Union. Sixty years ago, a few men with clumsy tools supplied the demand; at the present time, with systematized labor and complicated machinery, it gives employment to thousands of men, occupying some of the largest factories of New England. Previous to the year 1838, most clock movements were made of wood; since that time they have been constructed of metal, which is not only better and more durable but even cheaper to manufacture."

Includes a copy of the index prepared in 1947 by Lockwood Barr. 


Spine faded; retains two private collector bookplates; intermittent foxing; otherwise clean and sound with cover gilt still bright. 

Estimate: $200 - $400
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