• 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.

H.A.C Mahogany pagoda type clock's backplate

yam kei

Registered User
May 5, 2016
My clock -H.A.C Mahogany pagoda type clock does not have a backplate.
Originally does this clock have a backplate?
Or this is See-through type?
Thank you.

hac pagoda clock1.jpg hac pagoda clock2.jpg

Steven Thornberry

User Administrator
Staff member
NAWCC Member
Jan 15, 2004
Here and there
I suspect it might have had a back plate held on by the two clips on either side of the back metal ring, though there is not a lot of room.


NAWCC Member
Jan 18, 2017
Woodlawn, Ontario
Does yours also have what appear to be clips?

I think the finial is a pineapple.:rolleyes:
Yes, mine has the same clips, they are simply to hold the movement in the case, the rear cap is just a pressure fit. And yes, I am aware it is a pineapple, I was poking fun at myself as I started the "acorn or pineapple" thread earlier in the week regarding this same clock. Who knew the pineapple was so revered.


Registered User
Dec 11, 2011
Eastern Cape SA
The pineapple was very highly thought of in Europe. The decoration can be found in various gun enhancements such as the front end of the trigger plate which would be formed into a pineapple shape and inlet into the wood. I have also read that people would hire a pineapple to grace the centre spread of their dining table when they had important guests to dine. The following day the pineapple would go back to the vendor and be hired out to someone else the following day!

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