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Black Forest Clocks Hardcover – March 1, 1991
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Brian - Australia
Clock making began in the 17th century as a winter occupation for farmers to supplement their income. By 1800 a 1000 clockmakers produced 200,000 clocks per year. Wooden gears were used until 1870. The account of how clocks were distributed by peddlers really gives you a glimpse into the lives of people in the Back Forest.
The interior mechanism for a variety of designs is shown. Many close-ups of the front carvings help you see the craftsmanship. The vast majority of the clocks are from the latter half of the 19th century. Surprisingly, there are some that are larger than we are accustomed to seeing.
Wall, countertop, and grandfather clocks are separated into segments about their makers. You will notice how the craft was passed from father to son. I think that the $60 current price is high for a book from 1991 with minimal color photos. I would consider looking at Justin Miller's new book before making a buying decision.