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Arnold, Johnlocked

(1735/6–1799)
  • Jonathan Betts

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Arnold, John (1735/6–1799), watch and chronometer maker, was the son of John Arnold (1702–1776), clockmaker, of Bodmin, Cornwall. He was apprenticed to his father and probably worked briefly for his uncle William Arnold, a gunsmith, before going to the Netherlands about 1755. There he improved his knowledge of clockmaking and learned German, a language which later proved useful to him in the Hanoverian court. He returned to ...

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