New England Clock Making: From A Craft To An Industry

On Wednesday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m., the Oakham Historical Association will
host a presentation by clock historian and appraiser Robert Cheney of Skinner,
Inc.  He will trace the trade of handcrafting mechanical clocks in the early 18th
century to the birth of the Connecticut clock making industry about 1825.
Overcoming poor training, war, and trade embargos which caused a total lack of
suitable raw materials, the New England clockmaker overcame these difficulties
and produced the most complicated object in the 18th century home. Mr. Cheney
is a third generation clockmaker and is currently Director of Clocks, Watches
and Scientific Instruments at Skinner, Inc.  He has made numerous TV
appearances including the PBS Antiques Roadshow and is the author of
numerous articles and reviews.  The talk will be held at the Oakham Historical
Museum, 1221 Old Turnpike Road.   Guests will have the chance to see—and
hear—the antique William Crawford clock, now part of the Museum’s collection.  
This event is free and all are welcome.  Refreshments will be offered.  For more
information call 508-791-5823 or 508-882-3111.
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