• 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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    Ithaca no.4 office wall clock

    Dear RM, Yes all is working correctly, after following your directions and using the wire. I look forward to see if the Calendar date/week name/month name move correctly on 31st March. The calendar is changing correctly through the days of the week so I expect things will go as they should...
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    Ithaca no.4 office wall clock

    Dear RM, In looking close up at the collet I realised it is 5 centime coin drilled at it's centre. Did the clock live in France - I do not suppose I will ever know. But interesting. David.
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    Ithaca no.4 office wall clock

    Dear JTD, I removed the date hand and replaced it pointing the other way. Solved! I set the day and month correctly i.e. the month changed as the date hand went from 31 to 1. The only remaining problem is how to change the day of the week name. The instructions read "While lifting the detent...
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    Ithaca no.4 office wall clock

    Thank very much for your reply. I shall speak to the iccc folk. David.
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    Ithaca no.4 office wall clock

    Dear JTD, Please accept my apologies for not replying sooner and thank you for your comments. I shall get in touch with the gentleman you suggested. I attach photographs of the clock. Two questions that you may be able to answer: 1. The date hand does not point to a number but between numbers -...
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    Ithaca no.4 office wall clock

    I live in the UK. I have just bought an Ithaca No. 4 Office clock. The information that came with it states it is clock no. 133 made in 1883. Is it possible to find who was the original owner? It was bought from a home in Auben (?). How it came to be in the UK it have yet to find out. Are there...
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