Nick Butt – Friday, July 16 at 11:00 am Chelsea Clock: 1897–Today
This lecture is an overview of the Chelsea Clock Company from its conception to where it is today, and will include highlights of its 120+ years of manufacturing and its new facility in Chelsea, MA.
Nicholas Butt has been a clockmaker in the Repair/Restoration Department at Chelsea Clock since 2013. Prior to joining Chelsea Clock, he apprenticed under AWCI CMC Robert Ockenden and Chelsea Master Clockmaker Bhupat Patel. Nick serves on the Board of Directors and is the current Secretary for the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.
Bob Frishman – Friday, July 16 at noon Timing a Revolution: Preview of the “Horology 1776” Philadelphia Symposium
This year’s NAWCC symposium will, for the first time ever for an international conference, focus on the important role of timekeeping and timekeepers during the American Revolution. This fully illustrated preview will discuss the eminent speakers and their specific topics as well as offer historical highlights of the symposium’s unique theme. All details are available at www.horology1776.com.
Bob Frishman is an NAWCC Fellow and has been a member since 1980. He is the Chair of the NAWCC Symposium Committee and has created horological conferences since 2016 at the Winterthur Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Henry Ford Museum, and now the Museum of the American Revolution. Bob is a frequent Watch & Clock Bulletin author, a regular lecturer on horological subjects, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in London, and owner of Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, Massachusetts.
Philip Poniz – Friday, July 16 at 1:00 pm Pocket to Wrist: Collecting Watches Right Now
There are more collectors of watches today than ever before and the market continues to rapidly evolve. Philip Poniz will discuss the evolution of the auction market from pocket watches to vintage wristwatches, and, using data from Patek Philippe and Rolex sales, discuss the types of watches that are bringing the highest prices today and why.
Philip Poniz is a mathematician turned horological historian, collector, author, certified master watchmaker, and restorer. Poniz was the chief expert at Antiquorum during its glory years, a position he later continued at Patrizzi & Co., and has since worked for Sotheby’s and Christie’s. He has authored numerous articles, lectured in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and is the manager of WatchInvest and owner of European Watch & Casemakers. He moderates the NAWCC Complicated Watches Forum and is considered a leading expert on Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Cartier timepieces and their histories, as well as an expert in watch fakes and forensic horology.
Pat Hagans – Friday, July 16 at 2:00 pm Benjamin Banneker: 18th Century African American, Self-Taught Astronomer, Mathematician, and Clockmaker and Civil Rights Champion
This presentation will discuss the extraordinary life of Benjamin Banneker, one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in scientific endeavors in America. The lecture is based upon extensive research performed by Mary Jane Dapkus and Pat Hagans that was published in the Watch & Clock Bulletin earlier this year. Banneker was a self-taught astronomer, surveyor, and almanac maker, and is perceived as having built one of the first clock movements constructed completely in this country.
Pat Hagans is a retired electrochemical research scientist. His interest in clocks began in the mid-1970s when he became fascinated with the unique case designs used in early American clocks. Pat has given presentations on clock-case building at various Chapter meetings, in addition to supporting clock research. He has also published a number of articles in The Cog Counter’s Journal. Pat is currently Chairman of the Cog Counters Chapter.
Ron Price – Friday, July 16 at 3:00 pm James Russell Pocket Watches and Aaron Lufkin Dennison
The origin of the James Russell pocket watch has mystified collectors since at least the 1960s. With input from fellow researchers Chris Carey (MA) and Michael Edidin (MD), Ron Price uncovers the keys that unlock the mystery. Their research shows that Aaron Dennison, co-founder of the Boston Watch Company, made and sold James Russell pocket watches with factory parts. Although the evidence is circumstantial, the findings will be discussed and counter-arguments from the audience will be encouraged.
Following a professional career in high-tech computer companies, Ron Price recently retired from building websites. He has been an active member of NAWCC Chapters 8, 87, and 148, as well as Mass Watch & Clock Makers. He now lives in South Carolina and is a member of Chapter 144. Ron's 10 years of research resulted in the monograph Origins of the Waltham Model 57, which was published by the NAWCC in 2005, and he has extensively updated the research on his website.
James Campbell (Hosted by Cog Counters Chapter) – Friday, July 16 at 4:00 pm David Winship's Ledger Book 1827–1864 (Hosted by Cog Counters Chapter)
This presentation is based on David Winship’s rare ledger account book that was acquired by the NAWCC Library & Research Center in 2020. David Winship (born 1789 in Hartford, CT, and died October 2, 1864, in Litchfield, CT) was not only a clock casemaker but a clockmaker, clock repairman, clock dealer, clock parts dealer, and cabinetmaker, and he ran a country store. He held about every conceivable position in the world of horology at the time and could not only provide you with a complete clock but he could also sell you a pound of coffee, a smoked ham, and even a horse. Most important to horologists, Winship provided clock material and cases to several well-known clockmakers, including Erastus Hodges, Northrop & Smith, and others.
James Campbell heads the renowned NAWCC Library & Research Center. He hold a BS degree in industrial technology with a minor in history from Millersville University and has been a NAWCC member since 2004. He graduated from the NAWCC School of Horology in 2007, is Past President of NAWCC Chapter 7, and has been involved with the NAWCC Library & Research Center for more than 15 years.
Chuck Roeser (Hosted by Tower and Street Clock Chapter) – Saturday, July 17 at 10:00 am Restoration of the Four Dial O B McClintock Post Clock in Lockport, NY
The O B McClintock post clock was installed 100 years ago in front of the Niagara County Savings Bank in Lockport, NY. It was an icon in downtown Lockport but fell into disrepair and suffered extensive damage when hit by a truck over 30 years ago. This presentation covers the complete repair and restoration of the clock, including the installation of an electronic carillon.
Chuck Roeser is past president of the NAWCC Tower and Street Clock Chapter 134 and is an NAWCC Fellow. He has collected antique clocks since he was a child. After completing his tour in the Marine Corps, Chuck earned degrees in mechanical engineering and business. His 35 years with General Motors, working as a machinist and in engineering, came in handy when he and his wife opened a small clock store and repair shop in 1973 and quickly became known as one of the leading authorities on historical tower and street clock restorations. His resume includes the tower clock at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, and restoring one of the oldest (ca. 1758) continuous running clocks in America, located in Hillsborough, NC.
Alan Bomar – Saturday, July 17 at 11:30 am (Old Timers & Fellow Luncheon) The Tower Clocks of Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe sits at the entrance to Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay and served as a US Army post until its deactivation in 2011. As turned over to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the site includes two unmodified tower clocks that are the subject of Alan Bomar’s presentation.
Alan Bomar has a BME degree from Georgia Tech, is a career shipbuilder at Newport News Shipbuilding, and lives at Fort Monroe. In 2015, he joined the Fort Monroe Authority’s efforts to operate the Fort’s Post Office 1898 Model 5 Tower Clock. In 2018, before the celebrated 2019 First Africans Arrival Commemoration, Alan proposed operating the 1880 Model 15 Tower Clock that is the subject of this lecture. Alan joined the NAWCC five years ago and applies his engineering skills to study horology.
Craig White (Hosted by British Horology Chapter) – Saturday, July 17 at 1:00 pm James Ferguson Astronomical Clock
Craig White, member of the NAWCC British Horology Chapter, will talk about the famous astronomer and clockmaker James Ferguson (1710–1776). He will provide a detailed description of one of his surviving astronomical clocks and its movement that has many interesting features, including the rising and setting of the sun and moon in real time, stars with respect to time as seen in the sky, waxing and waning phases of the moon, and the positions of the moon and sun and their influence on tides.
Craig White is a retired mechanical engineer who worked in the forged metal industry. He is president of NAWCC Chapter 47 in Milwaukee, WI, co-chair of the Milwaukee National in 2014, a member of Chapter 3 in Chicago, and a member of the British Horology Chapter. His interests include repairing and collecting European clocks.
Lee Davis (Hosted by Horological Arts Chapter) – Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 pm Artist's Use of Father Time in Publication
Father Time was popular on the first issue of many periodicals in the 1800s and early 1900s when artists often cleverly drew the allegorical figure to coincide with the first issue of the new year. As photography increasingly became used as cover art, Father Time continued to be popular in advertising up to about World War II. Lee will share his research that includes rare original periodicals that depict this powerful and thought-provoking allegory.
Lee Davis is a 55-year member of the NAWCC and a specialist is eglomise art, gilding on glass, and stenciling employed on clocks in the early 19th century. He has been an NAWCC Director, author of several Bulletin articles, serves on the Publications and Advisory Committee, and is a member of several chapters. Lee also taught reverse painting on glass at the NAWCC School of Horology for several years.
Ralph Pokluda – Saturday, July 17 at 3:00 pm Southern Horology
Ralph Pokluda will explore the world of tall case clocks made and sold in the South.
Ralph Pokluda has been a member of the NAWCC for over 50 years and recently became an NAWCC Silver Star Fellow. Ralph is involved with various boards of museums, is a frequent lecturer around the country in the field of horology, and has appeared as an appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. He had been in the clock business in Houston, TX, for his entire career until his recent retirement.
Ed Fasanella – Saturday, July 17 at 4:00 pm Virginia Watches, Silversmiths, Hallmarks, and Jewelers
from Colonial America to the Civil War
Silversmiths arrived in Virginia after 1607. Church silver found in North Carolina was made in Williamsburg in 1725. Silversmith William Mitchell started a jewelry store in Richmond in 1820. Mitchell imported English watch movements, but many of his cases were likely handcrafted in America. “Pseudo” gold hallmarks from the firm of Mitchell and Tyler were found on Civil War watches, including one carried by General Mahone, and similar hallmarks were on an early gold-cased “Waltham” chronodrometer.
Ed L. Fasanella, PhD, is an NAWCC Fellow and reached his NAWCC 50th anniversary last year. During his 40-year NASA career, he published over 125 research papers on impacts, spacecraft landing systems, and computer modeling. Ed was president of Chapter 34 for two terms and is a member of the Cog Counters and British Horology Chapters. He is the editor of the Bulletin’s “Research Activities & News” column, is an avid horological researcher, and has restored hundreds of vintage and antique timepieces.
Jerry Maltz –- Sunday, July 18 at 9:00 am Amassing and Selling My Advertising Collection
My memories going back 45 years and what it took to make the deals from Portland, ME, to Portland, OR, and from Florida to California.
NAWCC Fellow Jerry Maltz is an Army veteran now retired from a Fortune 500 company. He shares his passion for collecting along with his wife, Millie, of 60 years. He is an active member of four NAWCC Chapters, a former President of Chapter 2 in New York, and currently serves on Chapter 2’s council. He has written several Watch & Clock Bulletin articles. He is an advertising-clock collector and wrote a book titled Baird Advertising Clocks. Jerry has attended every NAWCC National Convention since 1983.