• 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.

American Help I.D. this maker

Ron Roberts

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See attached photos. A note with this tall case clock stated that Walter Turnbull was working in Baltimore in the late 1700s. However, I cannot confirm this with any of the resources that I have.
Please help if you have any info on this.
Was the clock really made in America and if so when and what info is there on this maker?

Turnbull face.JPG thumbnail_IMG_0004 2.jpg Turnbull side 1.jpg Turnbull side 1a.jpg
 

new2clocks

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See attached photos. A note with this tall case clock stated that Walter Turnbull was working in Baltimore in the late 1700s. However, I cannot confirm this with any of the resources that I have.
Please help if you have any info on this.
Was the clock really made in America and if so when and what info is there on this maker?

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Ron,

Here is a thread on John Turnbull:

Turnbull Clockmaker???

Regards.
 

Ron Roberts

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Thanks for the thread on John Turnbull. However, the face of this clock says Walter Turnbull. will appreciate help with that name. also what or where is Caltoun?
 

zedric

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Caltoun is in Scotland where this clock almost certainly comes from. There are a few other clocks by this maker on the net if you search for them.
 

oldcat61

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There is a long thread on Scottish brass dials. Yours looks like a cousin to my John Key clock made not far away in Dumbarton. How about some case photos?
 

jmclaugh

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A Walter Turnbull is listed in Calton (sometimes Caltoun) Glasgow, Scotland mid-late 18th C?
 

Ron Roberts

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Thanks JMclaugh. Can you point me to the reference for your information?
 
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