• 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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Liam

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I was at a flea market this weekend and saw this clock. Thought it was quite unusual so bought it. I did see one similar a few weeks ago at a clock fair but it cost more that what I got this for. Photos attached. No marks on it that I can see. Time is set on the bottom that rotates the ball to be in line with the pointer. Winds CCW and the birds tick around.

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JTD

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This is a modern reproduction clock made in China. They are often to be found at fairs and on E-Bay. The originals (antique ones) are very expensive indeed.

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Liam

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Hi, thanks for the info. Ive seen the more expensive ones online. I thought it was repo anyway given the birds look scared to death i.e the dodgy painting of their face. Sides are also plastic.

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JTD

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Yes, true enough, but it'll do till you buy a real one some day!

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Yeah, it's no more than 10-15 years old, and Chinese. There was a period of a few years where eBay was absolutely flooded with similar clocks to this. I'm afraid it's not very high quality, not very valuable, and not likely to appreciate much in value in the future either. It's certainly a fun piece to have if the price was very reasonable.
 

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Yeah, it's no more than 10-15 years old, and Chinese. There was a period of a few years where eBay was absolutely flooded with similar clocks to this. I'm afraid it's not very high quality, not very valuable, and not likely to appreciate much in value in the future either. It's certainly a fun piece to have if the price was very reasonable.
Hi, thanks for your reply. ha, that's ok, it was just a quirky thing to pick up. The price was reasonable so was worth picking up.

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