James Cary of Brunswick, Maine. Clockmaker, gunsmith, goldsmith and silversmith.

James Cary Sr and his wife moved to Brunswick, Maine from Boston, MA, shortly after the American Revolutionary War. They lived in a house that was located on the corner of Main and Mason Streets. James Senior was the town’s first gunsmith. James Cary Jr. was born in Brunswick, Maine on July 22, 1790. He is listed in the horological records as serving an apprenticeship under Robert Eastman. It is recorded that a Robert Eastman established a clock business in Brunswick, Maine in 1805. In 1806, Eastman moved South to Brunswick and the two formed a partnership which lasted approximately three years. It is interesting to note that Cary had only received a years training. He must have been very skilled before he trained with Eastman. Perhaps he worked with his father the gunsmith. James bought out his partner and by 1810 was making clocks under his own name at the location his parents purchased when moving to that town. James Cary’s business prospered. On July 16, 1816, he married Mary Oakman of Pittson, Maine. Ten years later they built a house at 11 Federal Street. James jr. trained Aaron l. Dennison who later moved to Boston and worked with Edward Howard. Dennison and Howard invented machines that standardize the production of gears in order to manufacture pocket watches. James was one of Brunswick’s most prominent citizens serving the local community. He died on August 25, 1865 and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery. He was 75 years young.

We have owned a number of examples of clocks made by him. Examples include tall case, banjo, shelf clocks and mirror clocks. His clocks are highly prized today. Particularly by those customers with ties to the great state of Maine.