The 2013 NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium and Special Exhibition of Spectacular Clocks, Watches, and Sundials
by The Pre-Eminent Master
Thomas Tompion (1639–1713)

California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California

7-9 November 2013

Chris Bailey

Former Curator, American Clock & Watch Museum (U.S.A.)

Affordable Time:
America’s Contribution

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  • Chris H. Bailey has been a collector and student of clocks and watches since 1959. In 1972 he became Curator of the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. During his career he documented many American clock and watch firm histories and lectured extensively on them. He has authored over 40 articles and the book Two Hundred Years of American Clocks & Watches (1975) and has co-authored American Clocks & Clockmakers (2000, 2nd edition 2011) and Fifty Years of Time: The First 50 Years of the American Clock & Watch Museum (2009). He has served as an “He has served as a National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Director, authored two NAWCC supplements, and is a Fellow, Star Fellow, and recipient of their James W. Gibbs Literary Award. He has also been a consultant for many museums and collections. He retired in 2010 and now lives in central Florida.
    Chris Bailey will examine the early struggles to reduce the cost and the tactics used to increase production and more successfully market clocks in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in America. Focus will be placed on the technology developed in western Connecticut by Eli Terry and his contemporaries to achieve this goal by developing an interchangeable part system of mass production and clever marketing of wooden gear clocks. This was the birth of the American system of manufacturing, a production ethic that not only made clocks more available and affordable, but opened the door to mass production of all cheaper goods.