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By Philip D. Zimmerman,
Biggs Museum of American Art,
62 pp., illus., paperback, $24.05

This is the first publication dedicated to the study of this regional mechanical/ furniture form in over one hundred years. The book chronicles the research undertaken for the exhibition, providing an overview of nineteen of the finest timepieces made in Delaware between 1740 to 1815, considered the golden age of American clock manufacture. Zimmerman provides details of the first evidence of clock making in Delaware (in 1658) and relationships between early clockmakers and clock case makers. He also discusses clocks made in Odessa; a regional center for clock making from the 1770s, and some of its famed clock makers, John Janvier, Christopher Weaver, among them, along with the Wilmington clocks of the post-Revolution era.

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