• 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.

Identifying an antique pocket watch


Mar 2, 2014
Hi, I have what appears to be an antique pocket watch with a cover on one side. The face is clear and white and inside the back case it has been engraved with "Henry W Bedford, 67 Regent Street, London" and on the inside of the cover it has what looks like a tulip shape with either a star or flower inside and underneath this a half moon and a star...below this in italic writing is "ATD" and underneath this the numbers "231"...I cannot open the movement side at the moment but it is all in working order. Anyone know where this could have from as I don't believe it is from the UK and also the age etc? Any info would be great...thanks!


Registered User
Dec 20, 2013
Helle Username66

Welcome to the board.

Henry W Bedford, London was a watchmaker,jeweler and retailer.
Here is an advert from 1887:


Alfred Bedford (active1869 -1912) was the London representative of the Waltham Watch Company. The Bedford Company went bankrupt 1907.
Some pictures would be helpful.



Registered User
Feb 24, 2006
La Crosse, Wisconsin's West Coast
Pictures will help greatly.

Is it possible you have a consular case?
with the front bezel open, look for a small
catch, opposite the hinge, usually below
the 6:00 position. If there, it will release
the movement to swing forward.

Often there will be an easily removed
dust cover over the movement.


NAWCC Member
Jan 7, 2011
Breamore, Hampshire, UK

I think the mark in the case may be "ALD" rather than "ATD", which stands for Aaron Lufkin Dennison who started a watch case company in Birmingham, UK, (amongst many other enterprises). This company made cases for Waltham amongst others, (whose UK manager was Alfred Bedford, as Gerald has pointed out), in silver, gold and rolled gold. The Dennison Watch Case Company used a trademark of a sun, moon and star in many of these rolled gold cases, so I suspect that this is what you have. Pictures will tell all!




Jun 21, 2013
Clacton On Sea
To continue on this retailer's theme. Just come back from visiting a couple of antique fairs local to us and picked up the following s/n 2714765

Model:1873Name:Am Watch Co
Material:UGrade:Am.W.Co., NL
Balance:Gold Bal.Bal:0
Style: NL

This is KW/KS in an Alfred Bedford hunter case hallmarked with the date letter for 1885.
The dial itself is plain i.e. no inscription as regards the mfr and has a double sunk dial.
Engraved on the cuvette is Henry W Bedford 67 Regent Street London.

I would post photos but unfortunately the camera is up the creek without a paddle at the moment.


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