• 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.

Ansonia Capitol finials

Watchie Logan

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Recently purchased this clock knowing it was missing the 3 bottom finials. Not having any luck so far for a source. Found 1 listing on Ebay from Ukraine, but a little hesitant to pull the trigger. Timesavers has nothing close. Any suggestions?

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Willie X

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The bottom finials don't often match the top ones. They are often more squat and the center one is usually much larger and split in half. Your photo of someone else's clock is a good example of this.
Keep in mind that "internet clocks" are not necessarily in original condition. :)
Point being, get a bonafide close-up photo of a known clock before you go to the expense of having a new one made.
Antique repair places will have a big box of old finials. They never throw a finial away but it's a real long shot to find a matching pair. Ha
Willie X
 
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Watchie Logan

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The bottom finials don't often match the top ones. They are often more squat and the center one is usually much larger and split in half. Your photo of someone else's clock is a good example of this.
Keep in mind that "internet clocks" are not necessarily in original condition. :)
Point being, get a bonafide close-up photo of a known clock before you go to the expense of having a new one made.
Antique repair places will have a big box of old finials. They never throw a finial away but it's a real long shot to find a matching pair. Ha
Willie X
Check these out. Ansonia clock model Capitol all finials | eBay
 

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The eBay seller has 103 ratings with 100% positive feedback. It’ll probably take more than a month for them to clear customs and be delivered to you, but the guy looks pretty trustworthy and the quality on those looks good.
 

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Most larger cities have wood makers clubs. A bit like a clock club, but those guys make things on a wood lathe. If you can get a pic or two, and some dimensions along with wood type, I'll bet you could get someone to make some very nice looking finials for you.
 

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