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1. Introduction

After the invention of the mechanical wheel clock in the Late Middle Ages, the first church tower clocks and astronomical display clocks began to be made, initially by traveling specialists. As smaller mechanisms began to be attainable from the 15th/16th centuries, so new markets developed. The clockmaker now joined the metalworking urban guild of crafts and trades as a profession. Because of the central…

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Dohrn-van Rossum, Gerhard and Popplow, Marcus, “Clockmaker”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029189>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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