Six Quaker Clockmakers
Author: Edward E. Chandlee
Publisher/Date: New England Publishing Co. Reprinted 1975. (c. 1943 PA Historical Society)
Format/Condition: Gently used hardcover book in Very Good condition. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 260 pages, index. Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: "This is the story of the Chandlee family of clockmakers: Abel Cottey was the first Quaker clockmaker; his son-in-law Benjamin Chandlee was the second; Benjamin Chandell, Junior was the third; Goldsmith Chandlee was the fourth; Ellis Chandlee was the fifth; and Isaac Chandlee was the sixth. With 163 illustrations primarily of clocks and clock works."
"Six Quaker Clockmakers" focuses on four generations of a family of skilled clock and instrument makers, working in New England between 1702 and 1813. The first of the six, Abel Cottey, probably built the first clock to be made in America . The second was Benjamin Chandlee, his apprentice and son-in-law, the third was Abel’s grandson, also Benjamin Chandlee, and the fourth, fifth and sixth, his great-grandsons, Goldsmith, Ellis and Isaac. Goldsmith is known in particular for his technically advanced compasses, designed for use by surveyors.