• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

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    Junghans "Cuckoo" Mantle Clock Dating.

    I had the exact same problem with this clock, and it drove me mad. I finally broke down and cheated. When I overhauled the movement I made sure to remove the Bird and its mounting post installed in the upper left corner of the case. Ensure that the post pivots are squeaky clean and polished...
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    Junghans "Cuckoo" Mantle Clock Dating.

    I was out on LiveAuctioneers.com looking at photos of Junghans mantle clocks and saw one with a trademark similar to the Cuckoo Mantle clock with B12 stamped under the trademark. Were they using the Letter=month with 2 digits for the year of manufacture? In this case February of 1912?
  3. mlschlot

    Junghans "Cuckoo" Mantle Clock Dating.

    I too have never run across a Junghans Cuckoo, in any form. I've worked on many Junghans mantle and wall clocks over the years, but never one of these. Ignoring the noise from the bellows, the hour gong IMHO is the prettiest sounding strike I've heard in a while, and surpasses the sound...
  4. mlschlot

    Junghans "Cuckoo" Mantle Clock Dating.

    Just finished rebuilding a somewhat neglected Junghans "Cuckoo" Mantle clock. This is a real gem compared to the mass produced Regula and Herbert Herr cuckoo clocks that typically come through the door. Has anyone run across one of these who can put an approximate date of manufacture to it...
  5. mlschlot

    Barrel Bound Mainspring?

    They certainly are! I stand by calling it a tool because they do so much more than just winding and unwinding mainsprings. Definitely on my "indispensable" tool list.
  6. mlschlot

    Barrel Bound Mainspring?

    A Bergeon, Ollie Baker, Webster (my favorite), lathe, or some other tool used to help safely remove and install mainsprings.
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    Help Grandfather Clock stops before hour strike but not always

    I haven't read through the entire thread yet, but I've had several "hard life" vintage tall case clocks that would also run great on the test stand, but fail when installed in the case (post overhaul, all the pivots, bushings, cams, levers, wheels, pinions are correct). Check the movement seat...
  8. mlschlot

    Barrel Bound Mainspring?

    The article referred to the term as a condition to inspect the mainspring for after it was removed from the barrel. The same as you would inspect for rust, pitting, cracks, damaged "hole ends", etc., etc. If the edges of the spring were abrading against the barrel cap or great wheel, I'm not...
  9. mlschlot

    Barrel Bound Mainspring?

    Technically that would work as "barrel bound" too. The article used the term as if it was part of the established horological lexicon. I'm just hoping to verify if my understanding of the term is basically correct.
  10. mlschlot

    Barrel Bound Mainspring?

    I've had clocks with that issue too. I encounter it mostly with 400 Day clocks that quit if the suspension breaks or some other issue occurs after a full wind. After the event, the clock is stuffed in a box and put on a shelf to gather dust for the next 40 years or so. I always referred to...
  11. mlschlot

    Barrel Bound Mainspring?

    I was reading an old article in the May, 1996 edition of the "Horological Times" discussing mainspring inspection and maintenance. In the article one of the faults listed in the mainspring inspection topic was "barrel bound". However, the author never explained what this meant. I've never...
  12. mlschlot

    Mainsprings for Schatz 2-Jewel Ships Bell

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  13. mlschlot

    United Clock Company "Fireplace" Clock

    Hi Andy. Thanks for posting the photos showing the color patterns on the cylinder. I figured I'll try crumpling some tin foil, and color it with magic markers like you suggested. I'll wager if I model my color patterns after your photos, I'll have a reasonably nice simulated fireplace...
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    United Clock Company "Fireplace" Clock

    Hi Andy. I had trouble too, but I was able to get everything out through the clock movement opening. The trick for me was to loosen the nut holding the small right-angle bracket to the mechanism. See my second photo at 2 o'clock from the center of the cylinder. Unbolt the bracket from the...
  15. mlschlot

    United Clock Company "Fireplace" Clock

    Never mind. I found a photo of one that sold on eBay that shows the cylinder (attached). It also shows a white bulb used. The color is provided by the rotating cylinder. Regards -- Mike

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