18th Century Gallery

18th Century Gallery
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Early 1600s:
The first clocks to arrive in America were brought by the wealthiest settlers. These were lantern clocks, hardy English timekeepers that preceded the invention of the pendulum.
The first longcase clocks (later known as tallcase clocks, tall clocks or grandfather clocks in America) did not arrive until very late in the century.
The first clockmakers began to settle in the colonies, though significant clockmaking activity did not begin before the 1700s.
The earliest clockmakers made a living repairing and selling imported timekeepers to the elite.
Immigrant craftsmen were settling in more populous and prosperous urban areas.
New York, Newport, Charlestown, Baltimore, and New Haven developed packets of horological activity.
Philadelphia and Boston became the most active centers of colonial clockmaking.