• 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.

Gustave Becker: Rod vs spiral gong

Douglas Ballard

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I'm looking to acquire a GB weight driven wall clock. In my searching I've noticed several of these clocks listed with a rod "chime" as opposed to a coil gong. Were some of these clocks offered with the rod as opposed to the gong, or is this a retrofit?
 

John Hubby

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I'm looking to acquire a GB weight driven wall clock. In my searching I've noticed several of these clocks listed with a rod "chime" as opposed to a coil gong. Were some of these clocks offered with the rod as opposed to the gong, or is this a retrofit?
Doug, if the GB clock is fitted with a rod gong it is most likely original.

The rod gong was invented in 1898 and use protection granted in December of that year to Johann Obergfell. The patent was assigned shortly after that to Matthias Baüerle and rapidly commercialized with excellent acceptance by the industry. That was because the rod gong can be made to give a much richer sound than a coil gong and is less expensive to produce.

The first GB clocks with rod gongs were made in Braunau starting in 1899. By 1902 almost all Braunau clocks were fitted with rod gongs and that continued in practice until 1926 when production was stopped at that location.

In Freiburg the first clock documented with a rod gong was made in 1900, however the majority of Freiburg clocks (except for Westminster chime clocks which used 100% rod gongs) continued to use coil gongs right up to the end of production in Freiburg at the end of 1932.
 

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John, thank you for that information. Most helpful!
Doug
 

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