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As opposed to clock books published in the 1980’s that are more coffee table books with beautiful pictures of the timepieces, the older books have more historical and technical information contained within them.Excellent clock books are still being produced today such as the Westclox Wind-up by Jim Linz.Clepsydra refers to a water clock (its Greek translation is “water thief”) which measures time by regulating the flow of liquid from one vessel to another.In 807, Emperor Charlemagne was sent a brass clock by the Abbasid caliph, Harun al-Rashid in Baghdad.Over the years I’ve collected several books on clocks and watches that I found as interesting as the mechanical instruments themselves.My little library is not an authoritative collection.Begin your journey of collecting mantel clocks by getting to know their history.According to the experts at Merritt's Antiques, the 15th century technological advancement of a wound spring to power a clock provided the basis for bringing timekeeping instruments out of towers and into homes in the sized-down forms of mantel and wall clocks.

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England was behind by a few years but the first shelf clocks came in the form of lantern clocks and then bracket clocks featuring both brass and wood cases.Like most mantle clocks, it can be regulated from the front without stopping the pendulum. Chauncey Jerome Thirty Hour Ogee clock circa 1841-1842 This is the oldest clock in my collection, and appropriately, one that changed American clockmaking.Chauncey Jerome began his career in clockmaking under Eli Terry.All were 8-day in oak cases with alarms as an extra cost option.The New Haven Clock Company traces its roots back to the first brass clocks and was founded in 1850 as a result of the business failures of Chauncey Jerome. New Haven Black Mantle clock, circa 1900 This is a very nice original condition clock also made by New Haven Clock Co, and thus bears some similarities to the clock pictured above.