Stretch Family of Clockmakers – Pennsylvania

A Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut tall case clock with eight-day works and brass face inscribed Peter Stretch

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A Rolex 18 kt. yellow gold and diamonds lady's Datejust wristwatch, bezel set with diamonds

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Longines, ca 1956. A 10k yellow gold filled 33mm automatic wristwatch. Screw down back. Longines 19AS automatic seventeen jewel movement

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Cortebert Sport Chronometere in 14 Karat Yellow Gold, with a vintage Flex-Let gold filled and leather insert stretch band, 17 jewel manual wind 677 movement number 58211431

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The Stretch Family of Clockmakers

A prominent Pennsylvania family of 18th century clockmakers began their trade with Samuel Stretch,who was working in Philadelphia, circa 1711.

Samuel took his nephew Peter Stretch (1690 to 1740) as his apprentice, and he, in turn, raised two sons as clockmakers, Thomas (1720 to 1760) and William (born circa 1720). In addition to making fine clocks, Thomas was also active in civic affairs and is remembered as one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Hospital.

Circa 1750 another Stretch clockmaker, Isaac, was working in Philadelphia, however a family connection has not been demonstrated.

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