• 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.

Gold plated cuckoo movement?

JTD

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It's just gold colored paint. Can't imagine why someone did it, but that's all it is, certainly not gold plating.

JTD
 

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Hello. This is lacquer. It may well be an original factory finish, dunno. As shellac lacquer ages it turn this 'golden' colour. Areas of the mechanism where the lacquer has degraded or never been lacquered have corroded/tarnished to dark brown. Hope you preserve the finish. It is really interesting and in my view, nice.
 

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Hello. This is lacquer. It may well be an original factory finish, dunno. As shellac lacquer ages it turn this 'golden' colour. Areas of the mechanism where the lacquer has degraded or never been lacquered have corroded/tarnished to dark brown. Hope you preserve the finish. It is really interesting and in my view, nice.
Hi thank you, that is my worry that a bath in the sonicator will destroy the finish, any suggestions?
 

howtorepairpendulumclocks

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Yes. get some mineral spirits, white spirits or paraffin or the proprietary equivalent such as L&R No3 watch cleaning solution. Disassemble the clock, wash the components manually in a plastic tray with a natural bristle brush such as a paint brush and peg out the pivot holes. dry (in maize drying media if you have it) or just naturally and all should be ok. The brass will not be brightened but the clock and importantly the bearings will be clean. re-assemble and oil. All good. Hope this helps. You will need PPE gloves nitrile and a well-ventilated space.
 

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Yes. get some mineral spirits, white spirits or paraffin or the proprietary equivalent such as L&R No3 watch cleaning solution. Disassemble the clock, wash the components manually in a plastic tray with a natural bristle brush such as a paint brush and peg out the pivot holes. dry (in maize drying media if you have it) or just naturally and all should be ok. The brass will not be brightened but the clock and importantly the bearings will be clean. re-assemble and oil. All good. Hope this helps. You will need PPE gloves nitrile and a well-ventilated space.
Thank you for the help!
 

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I probably should post a new thread on this but curious as to how heavy the weights should be used on movements such as these?
 

johnj

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I probably should post a new thread on this but curious as to how heavy the weights should be used on movements such as these?
Thanks, makes sense start small and keep going up till it runs:thumb:
 

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Many will have weights that weigh from one to two pounds each.
Willie X
 

johnj

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Many will have weights that weigh from one to two pounds each.
Willie X
Thank you Willie, I usually just try and find a pic of a similar clock/movement and go by that but the older ones do not seem to have the weight marked like the new ones do.
 

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Those had a 420grm or a 1kg depending if 1 or 8 day movement.
 
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