Books for Collectors

American Shelf and Wall Clocks: A pictorial history for collectors

by Leigh Elmore

This historical overview of the various styles of American shelf and wall clocks by author Robert W. D. Ball covers the centuries and gives visual pleasure every step of the way. The original owners of these clocks were interested as much in how they looked as in how they told time, so they are quite attractive and are good examples of the cabinetmaker's art. The collector can acquire the majority of these beautiful clocks at relatively fair and modest prices, which makes them popular.

Gathered from auction houses, museums, and private collections, more than 1,250 clocks are illustrated here in this newly revised and expanded second edition. Approximately one-third of the photographs are in color, with the remainder in clear black and white. Each is accompanied by an informative caption that will be great help to the reader.

A newly updated value guide will be of invaluable assistance to the collector. In illustrating the early growth of the clock making industry in the United States, Mr. Ball has captured an important part of our history.

Size:?9? x 12?, 1,250 photos of clocks, price guide, 272?pages, ISBN13:?9780764309052, hard cover, $69.95

About the author: Robert W. D. Ball, a life-long resident of Connecticut, has long had a fascination with clocks and timepieces. Well-known in the fields of militaria collecting and military history, Mr. Ball's previous publications include Cowboy Collectibles and Western Memorabilia.

About the publisher: A family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects. From traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Explore more at

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