"The definitive story of the Staffordshire-born Stretch family of clockmakers, the clocks they made, and the important role they played in early 18th-century Philadelphia"

Illustrated essays address the family history and the importance of their Quaker beliefs; time-telling and the clockmaking community in pre-1750 Philadelphia; innovative mechanical advances made by the Stretches; and their notable civic and cultural contributions to the city. The catalogue section features 84 of the 133 Peter, Thomas, and William Stretch clocks identified during the project, illustrating and fully describing the cases and the movements. The majority of the clocks are being published for the first time.

376 pp. / 457 color illustrations / $75

Copies may be purchased through the Winterthur Bookstore.


In the eighteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was home to some of the most skilled craftsmen in colonial North America. Among them were clockmakers William Claggett, James Wady, and Thomas Claggett-individuals whose surviving clocks were best-known records of their lives. Through a broad search for new archival material as well as the discovery of additional existing works, the authors now offer a more accurate picture of these men, their trade, and the life in Newport at the time. It is an important contribution to the history of masterful craftsmanship in Rhode Island. Published by the Winterthur and Newport Historical Society Hardback.

268 pp. / 321 color illustrations / $65

Copies may be purchased through the Winterthur Bookstore.


This volume represents the first comprehensive examination of the life and work of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980), One of the most successful American sculptors of the early twentieth century, she is best known for her exuberant images of female nudes. Frishmuth was born in Philadelphia and trained in Paris where she studied briefly with Auguste Rodin. The prime years of her career were spent in New York, where her favored models were professional dancers whose athletic grace is echoed in her sculptures.

This clothbound 296-page book features 102 duotone and 151 full color illustrations, many by Jerry L. Thompson. Essays covering all aspects of the artist's career are by Thayer Tolles of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Janis Conner, a dealer and scholar of American sculpture; and Frank L. Hohmann III, a leading collector of Frishmuth sculpture.

Published by
Hohmann Holdings LLC,
P.O. Box 19, New York, New York 10021
ISBN 978-0-9789689-0-8


This beautifully illustrated volume demonstrates why clocks were so important to colonial Americans. It catalogues approximately one hundred of the very finest American clocks dating from the colonial period to the Early Republic, or from about 1720 through 1785. In most instances, new high-resolution digital photography was employed to provide images of both public and private collection clocks, many never published in color and some never published in any fashion.

This clothbound 376-page book features over 500 full color images of clock cases and movements demonstrating the beauty and technical achievement of the clockmaker's art. It includes a Foreword by Morrison Heckscher of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and essays by Frank L. Hohmann III, a clock collector; Kirtland H. Crump, a clockmaker and dealer; Donald L. Fennimore, metals curator emeritus of Winterthur Museum; and David F. Wood, curator of the Concord Museum. Martha H. Willoughby, an independent scholar and researcher, authored the clockmaker biographies.

Essay topics include: clock accuracy, their role in society, workshop organization and business, clock case stylistic evolution, and others.

Published by
Hohmann Holdings LLC,
P.O. Box 19, New York, New York 10021
ISBN 978-0-9789689-1-5

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