The full story of the early American wooden clockmaking industry is presented for the first time with the publication of:

 American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks: 1712-1835 

These wooden clocks were produced across New England and Ohio by an extensive and complex network of clockmakers and allied craftsmen working from 1712-1835. Prior to this publication, little information has been available to collectors seeking information on these makers and their clocks. With detailed essays and exquisite photography, the author documents the fascinating story of this industry from the early handcrafting period, to the development of interchangeable parts by Eli Terry for the Porter Contract, and finally mass produced factory-made clocks. Collectors and scholars alike will appreciate the in depth biographies of the clockmakers and the men and women with ties to the wooden clockmaking industry. It is the author’s sincere hope that this volume will become a valued reference book for collectors and others with an interest in horology and that the reader will gain a greater appreciation for these early American treasures.

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Check out the back story on Philip Morris’s exhibit of the largest display ever assembled of American clockmaker Joseph Ives’ brass and wooden movement clocks at the 73rd annual National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors convention held in North Texas during June, 2017. Put the following URL in your web browser and access Barbara Kevles’ cover story, Our Time Has Come, published in the Fort Worth Weekly, June 28, 2017.


Authored by Philip E. Morris Jr., a widely recognized authority on wooden tall clocks, American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks: 1712-1835 is an essential reference book for collectors, dealers or students of early American clocks, furniture, antiques or decorative arts. Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, this volume is the most comprehensive, accurate and up to date compilation of early 18th and 19th century wooden clockmakers and their clocks available. New information obtained from the study of hundreds of wooden clocks, account books, diaries, genealogical records, family histories, town histories, probate records and period newspapers is included.

512 Pages with over 600 detailed photographic illustrations of clocks, movements, dials and cases. More than 500 in full color.  

Detailed biographies of over 625 clockmakers, factory employees, cabinetmakers, dial painters, suppliers and peddlers.  

Guide to identifying and dating early American wooden tall clocks.  

Guide to identifying regional differences between clocks.  

Illustrated clock and case terminology.


Completely referenced and indexed.  
  What our customers are saying:

“This is a most important book that traces the development of wooden movement tall case clocks. It is well illustrated with excellent color photographs of complete clocks, their movements, and dials. The author's development of regional characteristics is especially well done. The text and photographs allows the reader to determine where unsigned examples were produced. This is helpful in making attributions and perhaps revealing the identities of individual makers.

 The production of these clocks is a complicated subject as many individuals were involved. Many clockmakers made parts and complete clocks for other makers. Additionally, apprentices started their own businesses and competed with their masters making very similar or nearly identical movements. In the author's biographies of makers and tradesman, he is able to depict these relationships in detail. This section is extremely well researched and provides the reader with the most up to date research and a comprehensive view of the industry and the individuals and their relationships.

 I give Philip Morris HIGH MARKS for his work. He has authored a book that will be the "Rosetta Stone" for wooden movement tall case clocks. With a limited printing, I would expect this book to sell out quickly and to be the most valuable asset to all collectors fortunate enough to own this book.”

 John M. Delaney - Early American Clock Dealer - West Townsend, MA

“American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks 1712-1835 by Philip Morris has instantly taken its place as an essential reference book in my library.  Philip has compiled a remarkable assemblage of tall case clocks, spanning several sub-categories that will be of great interest to clock and furniture collectors alike. Whether the reader is interested in early brass dial clocks, decorated folk art examples, or the work of specific craftsmen or regions, it is all included in this scholarly publication. Stunning clocks, complemented by exceptional photography and previously unpublished biographical information, all presented in an organized and detailed manner, make this a necessary tool for every collector and researcher.”

Gary R. Sullivan - Early American clock specialist - Sharon, MA.

"Not only is Dr. Morris's book a great benefit to those interested in the makers of wooden works movements, the scope and variety of cases shown is at least as interesting and useful to those of us who are equally interested in clocks as 'furniture!".

Peter Eaton - Antique Dealer - Newbury, MA



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