Stretch America's First Family of Clockmakers

Stretch America's First Family of Clockmakers

by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III

This book presents the definitive history of the Staffordshire born Stretch family of clockmakers who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1703 and played an influential role in the city’s early clock making, civic and Quaker communities. Initial essays discuss the family and the importance of their Quaker beliefs; time telling and the clockmaking community in pre 1750 Philadelphia; innovative mechanical advances made by the Stretches; and their notable civic and cultural contributions to the city

The catalogue section of the book features 84 of the 133 Peter, Thomas, and William Stretch clocks discovered during the course of the project, illustrating and fully describing both the cases and the works. The majority of the clocks, passed down through the generations and still in private collections, are being published for the first time.

  • 343 pages
  • 457 colour illustrations
  • 25.1 x 31.2cm
  • ISBN: 9780912724706
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