Clockmakers & Clockmaking in Maine 1770-1900
|by Joseph R. Katra Jr. (NAWCC, 2008).
8-3/4" x 11-1/4", 154 pages, and many photos, some of which are in color.
Katra incorporated his previously published study Clockmakers and Clockmaking in Southern Maine with those in Central and “Down East” Maine to provide in this volume a fairly extensive documentation of clocks and timepieces produced in the entire state between 1770 and 1900.
Because of the rural character of Maine, clockmaking in Maine did not produce famous makers that equaled the stature of those in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Maine makers were confined to small and scattered geographic areas, and they relied on handcraft methods to make their clocks.
Katra divides his study into four areas: the Portland area, the Quaker iron plate makers, central Maine, and “Down East” Maine. He discusses thoroughly the history of each maker and provides numerous photos to show examples of the clocks and movements they made.