19th Century Gallery

19th Century Gallery
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- Before the 1780s, nearly all clocks made in America were tallcase clocks with brass movements patterned after British or Germanic styles.
- The Willards of Massachusetts broke with tradition by making smaller clocks that could hang on a wall or sit on a shelf.
- Smaller clocks saved materials and labor, and were also more visually appealing and cost-effective.
- American clockmakers changed the types of clocks they made, the materials they used, and also the methods they employed.
- The age of handcrafting, with its high quality, high-priced, single production clocks, would give way to the mass production of clocks that were attractive and serviceable, yet cost only a fraction of the price of their handmade predecessors.