• 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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  1. SKennedy

    Richard Webster 'up-down' watch

    I agree we need to confirm the hallmarks! I was looking at it simply on a technical standpoint. I also agree that the centre hand is most unusual and decorative if it is a minute hand but then you could say the same that the hand on the left subdial is most unusual if it were a minute hand...
  2. SKennedy

    Richard Webster 'up-down' watch

    I think the piece you are looking at on the band near the pendant is just the catch for the front dome? I also looked for a knock-out nib but I suspect it must have a version of rocking bar winding where the winding wheels are sprung to a neutral 'free' point until the crown is turned. The...
  3. SKennedy

    Richard Webster 'up-down' watch

    I think the large centre hand is the minutes and the sub on the left is seconds - it is directly over the fourth wheel in the movement and the wheel layout is otherwise conventional. It could be keyless fusee, with a square left on the fusee arbor fir those untrusting in new fangled keyless...
  4. SKennedy

    Gravell and Son, Charter house square, London

    Of no particular relevance to the watch, but this view across Charterhouse square (from last October) is probably pretty much as it was when that watch was made.
  5. SKennedy

    Help dating early J Watts of London paired case pocket watch?

    The way the balance is sitting at an angle in the second photo would imply an issue with the verge staff too.
  6. SKennedy

    Payne and Co London, half-hunter, 1899

    John, Davey, thanks for solving the mystery of the mark - I don't recall coming across it on a watch before but I do have a copy of the Coventry booklet so must have seen it in there!
  7. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    We're probably drifting off at a tangent now but I've found I have photos (taken a couple of years ago) of two early Nicole chronographs with triangular jewels and conventional lever forks. Here's one. Graham, while I have the same software, being a bit of a technophobe* I only scratch...
  8. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    Here's a triangular roller I had last year but I've not got a photo of its lever. Also a keyless Frodsham/Nicole movement. I'll have a look further back in my photos when I've more time. As you say its in a triangular hole but you could have one that is not very much wider than a round jewel...
  9. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    A wide shallow fork like that might have been working with a triangular roller jewel. If that were broken then, given the unlikelyhood of finding a spare, I can imagine a later repairer replacing the roller with a more common round jewel single roller. A more modern D shape jewel would...
  10. SKennedy

    Something good in 2020

    Inevitably most of the watches I end up with are English but I'd had a hankering for something US made of decent quality, probably railroad with a Montgomery dial. I ended up seeing this Hamilton on Ebay (in the UK) early last year, no movement photo in the advert and described as nickel cased...
  11. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    I was thinking about this while laying awake last night, as you do. I realised that if the fusee is wound in an anticlockwise direction as is normal then that wheel with the click would have to turn clockwise when winding which is the direction the click would prevent. So, back to square one...
  12. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    Thank you John. Its always mystified me why more makers, particularly at the better quality end of things, didn't adopt reverse fusees. Here's a couple of photos of slightly later (early 1860s in this instance) Nicole keyless work. It is not quite the same set up as seems to be on this...
  13. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    A further thought. Since the chain will run from the outside of the barrel towards the centre wheel side of the fusee then there'd be nothing in the way directly below that upper winding wheel. So it might be fitted on an arbor that runs through to the dial side of the pillar plate and the...
  14. SKennedy

    Frodsham 84 Strand -- modified movement?

    FIrst, as I don't think anyone else has pointed it out, this appears to have a reverse fusee since the fusee and barrel are back to front compared to their normal positions in a movement. The screw by the m of Frodsham is probably holding the reverse fusee stopwork arm in place. I think it...
  15. SKennedy

    E Howard #124

    Yes, but that's rather tricky when you've got a winding stem through the pendant into the movement.

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