A Personal Biography Of Charles Terwilliger

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  1. BOBT@TWIGSDIGS.COM

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    #1 BOBT@TWIGSDIGS.COM, Dec 21, 2009
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    This biography has been in the making for some time and it is not complete. My thanks to those who have worked with me so far, and I hope some of you in this Forum will be able to fill in some the missing pieces. My father was involved in many pursuits. The various pages within the site indicate where additional information would be welcome.

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    Thanks,

    Bob Terwilliger
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    Hi Bob, link does not work for me.
     
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    I fixed it, should work now. Bob, thanks much for posting. I hope the folks here can help fill in the blanks, I'll be sending along some info shortly myself.
     
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    Thanks John, works fine now.
     
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    John,

    As one who has long attributed an interest in these clocks to my first copy of the "guide", I enjoyed the story as it has thus far evolved. Thanks for writing it, and thanks for making it available to us. I look forward to the continuation of your father's bio.

    Doug
     
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    #6 BOBT@TWIGSDIGS.COM, Dec 22, 2009
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    My thanks to all who have expressed interest in, or contributed to, my fathers biography. Special thanks to John Hubby for fixing up the link.

    I have located ten more Silent Auction Prices Paid and I intend to upload these complete.
    (Some really fine clocks were sold for remarkably low prices)

    I also added an amusing picture to the bottom of the "Photos" page.

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    Regards,
    Bob
     
  7. coldwar

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    Hello Bob - Found this leaflet while rummaging - Was this clock recovered? What a beauty, and the prospect of it's loss is dreadful - Best - CW


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    This is clock no. 30 in the Horolovar Collection, it undoubtedly the most beautiful clock in the collection – and it has a story.

    It was kept in the living room of our home. One morning my parents came down to make breakfast and found the pendulum next to the back door which had been forced.

    The clock was gone. Apparently the thieves were spooked and ran off because nothing else was stolen. They had dropped the pendulum in their hurry. My father reported it and put your little notice in the next Silent Auction.

    Some time later we were quite surprised to find an almost identical clock at a NAWCC Mart. It had the pendulum and was not our clock.
    So there are at least two in existence – and one probably doesn’t have the right pendulum.
     
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    Hi Bob, When "Next - Charles meets the Seventies and Eighties"?

    Thanks,
    José Mª (Spain)
     
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    Hola José

    I'm pleased you are paying attention. The seventies and eighties are turning out to be difficult - especially getting the dates right.

    I have been working on it and in brief:

    His forced retirement was the best thing that could have happened. He was now free to earn his living doing things he really enjoyed.

    The Horolovar company was successful and its operations were on "auto-pilot" requiring little attention from him so he began to concentrate on the Silent Auctions, reproduction clocks, and other horological ventures.

    While the seventies and eighties are in progress, other areas are being expanded almost daily. See the Silent Auctions and The Horolovar Collection.

    In November 1964 an Original Ignatz sold for $161.35 in the 2nd Silent Auction.


    Bob
     
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    To all, I've made Bob's thread into a "sticky" so it will be seen by whomever opens our Forum. Bob has advised me he is making a major update of his dad's biography site and will be posting the details here shortly.

    I'll add to his appeal to all for any info you may have regarding Charles Terwilliger. That will help all of us to understand all that we can about this most significant contributor to our knowedge of 400-Day clocks.

    The biography site is here: CHARLES TERWILLIGER
     
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    Update - The Charles Terwilliger Biography

    The online biography of Charles Terwilliger has been significantly expanded since I first announced it here. Most of his activities in the seventies and eighties are now included.

    * Silent Auctions - Many prices paid have been added. If you have any old catalogs the prices paid make interesting reading. Thanks to Victor Tang of Singapore you can find (with some clicking around) the complete Nov. 1964 2nd Silent Auction. Photos, descriptions and prices paid.

    * The Horolovar Collection now has some exceptionally nice photos courtesy of Mun Chor Weng of Singapore. We would like to locate as many clocks as we can that were included in the Horolovar Collection and post photos on the site. Photos do not have to be of super quality - we would just like to account for as many as possible. As an extra bonus the Collection pages now include a quiz about a secret code within the book.

    * The watchcock section has been expanded.

    * Some photos have been added to Photos page.

    * Almost every area has been expanded or edited in some way.

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    Bob
     
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    #14 BOBT@TWIGSDIGS.COM, Feb 21, 2010
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    Some interesting updates have been added to the Terwilliger biography and there are more to come. Charles' daughter Anne has been scanning photos from Charles' personal albums and a few of these photos have been added to the Photos section.

    Mun Chor Weng of Singapore probably owns more clocks from The Horolovar Collection than anyone else. He has also done extensive studies of the Collection and its individual clocks.

    We now have nos. 2, 3, 22, 23, 25 and 30 - with No. 28 and perhaps four or five more in the works. If you own a HC clock, please contact me.

    Mun Chor Weng is also composing an essay on the Collection as a whole including details of its disposition and discussions of individual clocks. These will be forthcoming so check back from time to time.

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    Bob
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    There have been no updates to my father's biography for some time and I apologize. I had a major hardware and software crash with much loss of data. I am now back in business.

    I must make a special apology to Mun Chor Weng who has spent considerable time preparing a comprehensive history of the Horolovar Collection - and waiting to see it go online. I owe him my thanks and I hope to announce the addition of his essay here soon.

    If you have anything at all concerning the collection (Or Charles Terwilliger, or the history of the Horolovar Company) please inform me.

    The biography
    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    Bob
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    Bob,

    I am attaching a tabulation of several of the clocks from the Horolovar Collection that were offered in various of your dad's Silent Auctions. Hope it will be of some use.

    Vic
     

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    Thank you very much Victor,

    Your chart is very well done and it will certainly be of use.

    Interestingly, there exists a copy of the Horolovar Collection with prices annotated on certain clocks:

    HC 2, 3, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 44, and 45

    Presumably these are Silent Auction upset prices and since two of the clocks (18 and 44) also have prices paid it seems that they were copied from a Silent Auction catalog which included the prices paid list.

    You have all the Silent Auction Catalogs from 9 to 27 and and the second CTSA is online.

    It seems very curious that not one of the clocks listed above appears in your chart - even as "Not Sold". I wonder where all these clocks went.

    If anyone following this thread has any Silent Auction Catalogs No. 3 through No. 8 it would be very helpful to our research.

    Thanks,

    Bob
     
  18. BOBT@TWIGSDIGS.COM

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    My dumb mistake. Most of the clocks listed in my last post are in the collection of Mun Chor Weng and are already included in the "Horolovar Collection" section of the biography.

    We would still like to find the missing Silent Auctions.
     
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    We are finally ready to announce the inclusion of Mun Chor Weng’s History of the Horolovar Collection as part of the biography of Charles Terwilliger. We apologize for the delay - it simply took more time than we expected.

    A link to the history can be found here on the Collection page which includes details of some of the clocks that were in included in the Collection:

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/collection/collection.htm

    The entire biography can be found here:

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/
     
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    great news, interesting reading.

    keep up the good work!!!
     
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    #21 John Hubby, Dec 11, 2010
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    Bob, I think I've found an error in the biography you have posted. In discussing COT's collection you say
    I suspect this should really be mid-50's based on the other information you have in the biography, including his participation in the NAWCC and beginning his clock business in the mid 1940's(?). Actually it would not have been possible to have a collection of post-WWII clocks until the mid-to-late 50's, since no post-WWII clocks were made at all until 1947 and major production didn't commence until 1949-1950. Also, Kaiser only started production in 1954, Staiger in 1956-58, and Nisshindo in 1965, so a truly complete collection of post-WWII clocks could not have been put together before the late 60's.

    You also mention that he bought quantities of 400-Day clocks from Post Office damaged goods sales, most from GI purchases. We know that PX sales of German 400-Day clocks first started only in 1949, which would confirm that "mid-50's" would be the correct dating for getting his collection together to include post-WWII clocks. Perhaps a more accurate writing of that paragraph would be:

    "By the mid 50's he had accumulated a large and organized collection of "modern" (post-WWII German) 400-Day Clocks - at least one of each make and model he had found, as well as many older clocks. At this time collectors did not have much interest in torsion pendulum clocks so he was also able to purchase antique and unusual examples at the regular auction galleries. These older clocks formed the nucleus of the Horolovar Collection and the photographs found in the later editions on the Repair guide."

    I found this while proofing the article being published in The Torsion Times for Chapter 168. Will appreciate your comments.
     
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    John,

    Thank you for your continued assistance and you are absolutely right about the dates. I have replaced the paragraph.

    I have taken some time off from the biography but I am now working on finding pertinent references and articles in the Bulletin.

    Bob
     
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    I'm' sorry but I won't be attending the Florida regional, but I'm happy to announce that another section of the biography has (finally) been completed. The NAWCC Bulletin section includes all the Bulletin articles I could find. There is also a summary of Charles' NAWCC activities in a Memoriam.
     
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    Description and photos of another clock from the Horolovar Collection has been added to the collection section of the Terwilliger biography.

    As described by Mun Chor Weng:

    One of the few clocks in the Horolovar Collection that a has round movement, this one is suspended by brackets in a beautiful 4-glass mahogany case with swing doors to the front and back.

    Here is a direct link:
    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/collection/21/21.htm

    Bob
     
  25. coldwar

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    Any update to this project? Is Bob still among the members here? Hoping for the best - CW
     
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    Hi -- I am still among the living and still monitoring the thread. I have only fixed a few typos in the biography. I have a number of books from my father's library that unfortunately are not being utilized by anyone and I have decided to sell them. See: http://www.twigsdigs.com/library/library.html
     
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    I hope I have straightened this mess out. A virus corrupted all the default (index.html) files on my entire site, I spent most of today renaming or changing a lot of files including the biography.
    The original URL should work now,
    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    The altered one I listed today should be ignored.

    John, I hope you will be able to delete some of the confusing posts made today.

    I promised that there would soon be another clock added to those currently included in the Horolovar Collection pages. It was contributed by Mun Chor Weng and it is a real dilly - Take a look at a preview photo

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/collection/16/16a.html

    Having spent just about the whole day working on my web pages it occurs to me that there are other things there that might interest you guys.

    My repair business is linked on the home page. This page is accessed from my online Yellow Pages listing.

    Click on "Horology" and at least take a look at the "Heroes of Horology"

    http://www.twigsdigs.com/

    Peace,

    Bob
     
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    As Promised,

    Possibly the most visually spectacular 400-Day clock in the Horolovar Collection - clock number 16 - has been added to the Collection section of the biography. Thanks again to Mun Chor Weng who located the clock and provided the descriptive text.

    Start from the main page and click on "Horolovar Collection", then the thumbnail for 16.
    http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/

    Also note that Charles Terwilliger's library is available for inspection.
     
  29. BOBT@TWIGSDIGS.COM

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    It's been some time, but I have finally brought my fathers biography as far as I can. Part of the re-write was to make the entire biography self-contained so it can be installed anyplace on the web or even on a standalone CD. It has always been my hope that the biography would find a permanent home.
    The URL is http://www.twigsdigs.com/cot/
    My email is: bobt@twigsdigs.com
     
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    Nice, Bob. Maybe the site is what you were after, and it's fine. I was thinking that if you made the biography a PDF file, you could place it here, where it would be preserved and likely copied several times (to ensure it's longevity) :)
     
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