Published on 09-03-2012 07:00 AM
The JourneyWhen I first started collecting clocks and watches, I had not heard of Charles DeLong, Fred McIntyre or the McIntyre Watch Co. After a few years of collecting mostly clocks, and a short period operating a clock stall in an antiques mall in Hamilton Ontario we moved back to the United States to live in West Virginia. I met Harley Sheets in Morgantown, West Virginia and Harley convinced me to join the NAWCC in 1971. We attended the Chapter 37 meetings in Pittsburgh and enjoyed the fun of learning and sharing what we discovered with others.
I noticed that there were two major philosophies for collectors. Some collectors shared whatever they knew and freely shared what their collecting interest were but some felt that their knowledge of what was good gave them an edge in their collecting and they were reluctant to share information about their collections and rarely took their better items for show and tell discussions. I decided that sharing was the best approach because it increased