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Books About Canadian Clocks

The following books are excellent sources of information about Canadian clock makers and sellers from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s.  Both company histories and details about the clocks are provided, and there are lots of pictures of original clocks.

The 1999 edition of the Charlton Standard Catalogue by Jim Connell, although almost ten years old, still provides a useful guide to the history and retail prices for Canadian and "Canadiana" clocks.  A more recent book that covers a broader range of clocks is Unitt's 2006 Canadian Identification & Price Guide to Antique Clocks, Barometers and Sundials by Graham Jones.

The museum's gift shop may still have some copies of some of these books for sale - please contact us to confirm.  We can mail a prepaid book to you.

  • Early Canadian Timekeepers, J. Varkaris and J.E. Connell, The Boston Mills Press, Erin, Ontario 1993 (details about essentially all of the known Canadian makers and sellers before about 1900) (out of print)
  • Canadian Clocks and Clockmakers, G.E. Burrows, Kalabri Enterprises Limited, Oshawa, Ontario 1973 (the earliest major book about Canadian clock makers) (out of print)
  • The Canada and Hamilton Clock Companies, J. Varkaris and J.E. Connell, The Boston Mills Press, Erin, Ontario 1986 (the first companies to mass produce clocks in a factory setting in Canada) (out of print)
  • The Pequegnat Story: the Family and the Clocks, J. Varkaris and C. Varkaris, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa 1982 (about The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company) (out of print)
  • The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Clocks, 2nd edition, J.E. Connell, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario 1999 (price guide) (out of print)
  • Unitt's Canadian Identification & Price Guide to Antique Clocks, Barometers and Sundials, Graham J.F. Jones, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Markham, Ontario 2006
  • Towers of Time, Marc Boileau, Looking Back Press, St. Catharines, Ontario 2006 (detailed history of old mechanical tower clocks in Ontario)