American Clock and Watch Museum – a must-see for any clock enthusiast

Regulators and calendar clocks, lower level

During our stay in Springfield Ma. to attend a NAWCC annual clock convention in June 2019 we stopped in Bristol, Connecticut about 45 minutes drive south of Springfield. In Bristol, Connecticut is the American Clock and Watch Museum. The non-descript white clapboard New England styled salt-box is what first greets the visitor.

Although the museum is dedicated to American clock and watch makers it is a must see for any clock enthusiast

I admit I was a little disappointed after visiting the stately edifice of the NAWCC museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania but once I entered the side entrance door my disappointment evaporated. I was immediately impressed with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the quality of the displays and the vast, well-organized collection of American clocks and watches. The following photos tell the story.

Typical clock-makers work bench
Brass spring, early 1830s

The museum takes the visitors through the early days of clock making to the heydays of the American clock. Favorites were Eli Terry’s original glass front box clock and the wall regulators in the lower level. During the Porter Contract 4000 Terry clocks were made and only 8 are known to exist.

Eli Terry clock from the Porter Contract period, CA. 1814
Assortment of shelf clocks

In the lower level is an extensive collection of wall regulator clocks of every style and shape including those from E. Howard, Welch, Waterbury and Seth Thomas to name a few.

Shelf clocks of the mid 19th century

Although the museum is dedicated to American clock and watch makers it is a must see for any clock enthusiast.

E Howard Regulator #36

As I am a clock collector I focused primarily on clocks but watch lovers will not be disappointed.

Put this museum on your list.


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