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Edward Duffield: Colonial Philadelphia Clockmaker, Citizen, and Gentleman

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024

Location: William Paca House & Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 6:00 pm (EDT) - 7:30 pm (EDT)

Join us at the Willam Paca House for an evening with horologist and author Robert Frishman, who will present a lecture on the life and works of the 18th century clockmaker, Edward Duffield.

Edward Duffield was far more than a leather-apron clockmaker in Philadelphia. A close friend of Benjamin Franklin, Duffield was an active civic and Anglican leader, he made, repaired and sold elegant floor-standing clocks, surveying instruments, and sundials that today are in world-class museums and private collections…including a tall case clock now on display at the William Paca House.

Mr. Frishman’s newly published comprehensive Duffield biography, which will be available for purchase, addresses all aspects of the clockmaker’s life, including the practice of clockmaking in colonial America.

Advance registration recommended; space is limited.

Cost: $15 General Admission; $12 for HA Members and Volunteers, Military, and Children (10-17)

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Accessibility: Visitors with limited mobility can access this program via the driveway of the Paca House. A single use accessible restroom can be accessed by a ramp.   


About Our Presenter: Robert (Bob) Frishman was introduced to horology on Thanksgiving Day, 1980, when he was invited into the overflowing basement of a collector and dealer of antique clocks, watches, tools, and machinery. Had Bob not left the dinner table and gone down those stairs, this book would not have been written.

Nor would Bob’s other horological achievements have happened during the past four decades: eight thousand mechanical clocks repaired; two thousand antique clocks and watches restored and sold; hundred-plus articles and reviews published; hundred-plus lectures delivered; symposia organized at the Winterthur Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Henry Ford Museum, the Museum of the American Revolution, and the Horological Society of New York (HSNY); and his exhibits at venues including the HSNY, the museum of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and the Willard House & Clock Museum.

Bob is a Silver Star Fellow of the NAWCC and a Liveryman of London’s Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. As a dedicated supporter of other venerable cultural institutions, he is a Proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum, holder of Share Number 8 of the Library Company of Philadelphia, an active member of the Grolier Club, the American Antiquarian Society and the Ross Society of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

He continues to operate Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, author Jeanne Schinto.


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