• 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 striking schoolhouse/calendar clock

bikerclockguy

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I picked this one up off of Craigslist yesterday. It’s in remarkably good condition and complete, right down to having most of the original paper label intact. I’m guessing it dates to the late 19th century, as the label says “Prize medal awarded, Paris Exposition, 1878”, and it seems unlikely to me they’d be bragging about that 25 years later... I would appreciate any info in this clock in terms of age and rarity. I’m partial to Ansonias and have a pretty respectable collection, but this is the first one of these I’ve ever seen, and I’m happy to be the new owner! 284FE184-F579-487A-B184-40CAFA1E11A1.jpeg A73256A8-8CB2-49E4-8B6A-7DFADCCD684A.jpeg
 
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Have a little patience Biker. I'll see if I can dig up some info on your new Ansonia...
 

Bruce Alexander

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What are the case dimensions of this Calendar Drop Octagon Wall Clock? The label indicates that Ansonia was located in both New York and Connecticut. That could indicate early 1880's maybe? I'm not sure. Tran Duy Ly's illustrations are from Catalogs from the early 1900's. Looks like a nice example. Congrats on the addition to your collection.
 

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What are the case dimensions of this Calendar Drop Octagon Wall Clock? The label indicates that Ansonia was located in both New York and Connecticut. That could indicate early 1880's maybe? I'm not sure. Tran Duy Ly's illustrations are from Catalogs from the early 1900's. Looks like a nice example. Congrats on the addition to your collection.
Thanks, Bruce! From the top of the octagon to the point at the bottom of the case is 25”, and the width of the octagon is 17”. Width of the rectangular part of the case is 9 3/4”, and from the top of the rectangle to the point at the bottom is 22 1/2”
 

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I looked on antiqueansoniaclocks.com, and didn’t find the exact clock I have, but there is one in a case like mine without calendar from 1901, and one with the same dial and hands as mine, including calendar, from 1906, so that’s getting it pretty close, I think.
 

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It looks like the "12-Inch Drop Octagon--R.C." available in oak or rosewood, 12-inch dial, height 24", 8-day time or hour or half-hour strike. Available with alarm, calendar, and gong. The catalog illustration shown in Tran Duy Ly's Ansonia book is dated 1901. It's shown with a plain glass in the drop, but the smaller 10-inch Drop Octagon has the same pattern of glass as in your clock.
 

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