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Marshall (T.): The Quaker Clockmakers of North Oxfordshire

Marshall (T.): The Quaker Clockmakers of North Oxfordshire
NEW. 252 pages, approx 530 colour illustrations, 2013. An excellent book on the group of Quaker blacksmith/clockmakers, in the form of the Gilkes and Fardon families - who, along with their descendants, relatives and apprentices, produced one of the most iconic styles of English country clockmaking, instantly recognisable to clock collectors - the iron-posted hoop and spike clock with distinctive ring and zigzag engraved dials. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3184)

Price: 48.00
Mason (B.): Clock and Watchmaking in Colchester

Mason (B.): Clock and Watchmaking in Colchester
O/P. 436 pages, well illustrated, 1st and only edition, 1969. This is a very detailed account of Colchester makers and their output and set a standard for regional books which has never been equalled. A very good copy, the dust jacket good with light wear to top of spine, in original card slipcase (worn to corners and splitting on one edge).

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(Ref: K823 - V2)
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Price: 120.00

Mason (B.): Clock and Watchmaking in Colchester
O/P. 436 pages, well illustrated, 1st and only edition, 1969. This is a very detailed account of Colchester makers and their output and set a standard for regional books which has never been equalled. A good clean copy showing some signs of use, dust jacket very worn. No slipcase. (Ref: K770 - F6)

Price: 60.00

Mather (H.H.): Clock & Watch Makers of Nottinghamshire
O/P. 93 pages, 9 figs., 15 plates, 1979. A useful listing of Nottinghamshire makers, this is the only book on the county. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1041 - G5)

Price: 20.00

McEvoy (R.) & Betts (J.) editors: Harrison Decoded - Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock

McEvoy (R.) & Betts (J.) editors: Harrison Decoded - Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock
NEW. 183 pages, 82 illustrations, 2020. A thorough study of Harrison's pendulum clockmaking from a practical perspective and the story of around forty years of collaborative research into John Harrison's complex and surprising pendulum clock theory. An unofficial test of Martin Burgess's 'Clock B' at the Royal Observatory, made from modern materials and following the perceived format laid out in Harrison's convoluted text 'Concerning such mechanism ...', showed exceptional timekeeping and proved that Harrisons ideas were sound. With dust jacket. (Ref: N5026)
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Price: 53.00
McKay (C.): John Moore & Sons of Clerkenwell - Turret Clock Makers

McKay (C.): John Moore & Sons of Clerkenwell - Turret Clock Makers
NEW. 72 pages, illustrated, 2002. This book reproduces two articles, first published in 1843 and 1852, about visits to the Moore factory. Also included is a brief history of the firm, a listing of turret clocks produced by Moore and photographs of typical Moore clocks. Card covers. (Ref: N530)

Price: 12.00
McKay (C.): Longitude's Legacy - James Harrison of Hull 1789 - 1875, Turret Clockmaker, The Last of the Harrison Clockmakers

McKay (C.): Longitude's Legacy - James Harrison of Hull 1789-1875, Turret Clockmaker, The Last of the Harrison Clockmakers
NEW. 289 pages, over 200 b&w illustrations, 2015. James Harrison of Hull, the last of the Harrison clockmakers, was the great-grandson of John 'Longitude' Harrison's brother James. James Harrison's turret clocks contain several unique design features and are well regarded by enthusiasts. The book also contains important information about the other members of the Harrison family - brother James and his descendants. An important book for Harrison enthusiasts and turret clock enthusiasts. Soft covers. [Please note James Harrison was born in 1792, not 1789 as given in the title]
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(Ref: N3770)

Price: 25.00
McKay (C.): J. Smith & Sons of Clerkenwell - Facsimiles

McKay (C.): J. Smith & Sons of Clerkenwell - Facsimiles
NEW. 72 pages, illustrated, 2001. Advertising material and catalogues, dating from 1880 and circa 1910, showing Smith's products are reproduced in facsimile, as well as a Victorian article about the firm from The Illustrated London News. The material covers all kinds of English clocks. Card covers. (Ref: N531)

Price: 12.00
McKenna (J.): Clockmakers and Watchmakers of Central England

McKenna (J.): Clockmakers and Watchmakers of Central England
NEW. 368 pages, 300 illus., 1 map, 2002. A very detailed study of makers in Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire. As well as the biographical details of makers there are sections on Uttoxeter case makers, Newcastle-under-Lyme movement makers, sources of parts and materials as well as Birmingham dial makers and dial painters. This is an excellent book and well worth buying. With dust jacket. (Ref: N206)
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Price: 35.00

McKenna (J.): Watch, Clock & Dialmakers of Birmingham (1547 - 1900)
O/P. 96 pages, 13 illustrations, no date. A listing of Birmingham makers. Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1355 - F5)

Price: 9.00

Mercer (A): Chronometer Makers of the World

Mercer (A.): Chronometer Makers of the World
NEW. 301 pages, illustrated, revised edition, 2004. This book is very useful as it contains an extensive list of chronometer makers and craftsmen with addresses and working dates. The early chapters include information about John Harrison, the Greenwich trials, Kelvin & Hughes, Mercer serial numbers, etc. This revised edition has a few corrections in the list of makers and 10 extra pages at the end - Chronometer frame makers (1 page), overseas names listed by country (5 pages) and detailed views of Mercer chronometer movements (4 pages). With dust jacket. (Ref: N411)
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Price: 42.00

Mercer (A.): Mercer Chronometers - Radical Tom Mercer and the House he Founded
O/P. xxiv, 251 pages, 24 colour plates, 68 b&w illus., 1st edition, signed by author, 1978. This is an excellent book, much better in my opinion than the later book by the same author with a similar title. The last 100 pages are an essential research tool being a listing of all known Mercer chronometers sold to retailers, ships chandlers etc., including date of sale, price and retailer's name and serial number as engraved on the chronometer dial. A fine copy of a scarce book with fine dust jacket.

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(Ref: K472 - Z1)

Price: 375.00

Mercer (A.): Mercer Chronometers - Radical Tom Mercer and the House he Founded

Mercer (A.): Mercer Chronometers - Radical Tom Mercer and the House he Founded
O/P. xxiv, 251 pages, 24 colour plates, 68 b&w illus., 2nd edition, signed by author, 1978. This is an excellent book, much better in my opinion than the later book by the same author with a similar title. The last 100 pages are an essential research tool being a listing of all known Mercer chronometers sold to retailers, ships chandlers etc., including date of sale, price and retailer's name and serial number as engraved on the chronometer dial. A very good copy of a scarce book, with good dust jacket (light wear to edges, one small tear).

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(Ref: K2713 - F4)
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Price: 350.00

Mercer (V.): John Arnold & Son Chronometer Makers 1762 - 1843
O/P. 302 pages, 212 plates, 1972, with the supplement (pages 303 - 320, plates 213 - 218, 1975) bound in. The definitive volume on the life and work of John Arnold and his son John Roger Arnold. An essential book for chronometer collectors and enthusiasts. A very good copy (bookplate on ffep) with fair dust jacket (several small tears and wear to edges).

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(Ref: K208 - H4)

Price: 220.00

Mercer (V.): The Frodshams - the Story of a Family of Chronometer Makers
O/P. 458 pages, 106 plates, 1981. This is the standard work on the various branches of the Frodsham family. Charles Frodsham and Parkinson & Frodsham are two of the most famous chronometer making enterprises of the 19th and early 20th century. The book also covers the business of Frodsham & Keen as well as that of other family members. This is an excellent reference book about this family of chronometer, clock and watchmakers. A very good copy, the dust jacket complete but with wear to edges and corners.

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(Ref: K958 - V3)

Price: 295.00

Mercer (V.): The Life and letters of Edward John Dent Chronometer Maker and some account of his Successors

Mercer (V.): The Life and letters of Edward John Dent Chronometer Maker and some account of his Successors
O/P. 829 pages, 154 plates, 1st edition 1977. This is the standard reference work on the life and work of Edward John Dent the famous chronometer maker, with details of his successors in the business right up to the time the book was written. A very good copy with good dust jacket.

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(Ref: K3997 - W1)
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Price: 450.00

Mercer (V.): The Life and letters of Edward John Dent Chronometer Maker and some account of his Successors
O/P. 829 pages, 154 plates, 1st edition 1977. This is the standard reference work on the life and work of Edward John Dent the famous chronometer maker, with details of his successors in the business right up to the time the book was written. A good copy (with a few annotations on end papers and to the text, bookplate on ffep) with good dust jacket (wear to all edges).

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(Ref: K4938 - Z3)

Price: 375.00

Miles (R.H.A.): Synchronome - Masters of Electrical Timekeeping

Miles (R.H.A.): Synchronome - Masters of Electrical Timekeeping
NEW. 274 pages, over 300 illustrations, revised 2nd edition, reprinted 2021. The book contains a small number of revisions and corrections to the first edition which was published in 2011. A well researched and comprehensive work on the Synchronome company, their master clock in all its forms and variants, and their slave dials and ancillary equipment. The book also has chapters on the development of the precision clock by William Hamilton Shortt with a list of all known Shortt clocks, the detail of their order-book specification, original location and subsequent history where known. The book is the standard reference work on Synchronome and Shortt clocks - only 300 copies have been printed so buy now if you need a copy. With dust jacket. (Ref: N5167)
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Price: 39.50

Millburn (J.R.): Benjamin Martin: Author, Instrument-maker, and 'Country Showman'
O/P. 244 pages, frontis, 8 plates, 7 figs., 1976. Martin was a teacher, author, lecturer - demonstrator and started a scientific instrument making business in London. Martin also wrote tracts on table clocks and dialling as well as designing and making at least two clocks. A fine copy with very good dust jacket (faded to spine). This book is now hard to find.

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(Ref: K3020 - P1)

Price: 160.00

Moore (A.J.): The Clockmakers of Bristol 1650 - 1900

Moore (A.J.): The Clockmakers of Bristol 1650 - 1900
O/P. 507 pages, illustrated, 1999. A well researched reference book with a wealth of information about the clockmakers of Bristol and Bath, over 3000 craftsmen are listed. The quality of the illustrations is not good as the book was published by the author. This is however the best reference book for Bristol makers and is now very hard to find. A fine copy with fine dust jacket.

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(Ref: K2066 - V3)

Price: 350.00

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