• 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.

Information on John Key -Dumbarton LC's clock

Bake

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My first post and not familiar all the features offered and a very novice clock owner. I have a tall John Key clock that has been past along in the family over 100 years. The area we live in Vermont was settled by the "Scottish Farmer of America" and they came here in 1832, about half of the older settlers were born in Scotland and half in the USA, therefore we believe that the clock came from Scotland ? In reading a few post submitted in 2008 by (oldcat61 & Uhralt)) - about clock makers from Scotland, and the pictures viewed were very close to the clock we have. The pictures of the clock works and brass face, I would say were the same other than the name on the face of the clock, the dial with two number sets roman & regular numbers with hour minute second hand and date that has a round hole showing date number not square hole as shown in other pictures. Our clock in 85" tall no finial and top case is 19" wide,
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JTD

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Welcome to the board!

I have only got a very small amount of information about John Key. He was working as a clockmaker in Dumbarton from 1770-1795 and was married. I don't know anything else, and I only know this because of a genealogical research I did about someone else and usually keep anything I find related to clocks.

There are several book son Scottish clockmakers which might have more detail, but unfortunately I have not got any of them. You could try the NAWCC library, they are very helpful.

This isn't much but I hope it will be of some interest.

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JTD

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A friend of mine has a book 'Old Scottish Clockmakers 1453-1850' (by John Smith) and unfortunately your John Key is not listed in it.

I thought I would just let you know as this is one of the best lists of Scottish clockmakers and it will save you time looking.

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oldcat61

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My first post and not familiar all the features offered and a very novice clock owner. I have a tall John Key clock that has been past along in the family over 100 years. The area we live in Vermont was settled by the "Scottish Farmer of America" and they came here in 1832, about half of the older settlers were born in Scotland and half in the USA, therefore we believe that the clock came from Scotland ? In reading a few post submitted in 2008 by (oldcat61 & Uhralt)) - about clock makers from Scotland, and the pictures viewed were very close to the clock we have. The pictures of the clock works and brass face, I would say were the same other than the name on the face of the clock, the dial with two number sets roman & regular numbers with hour minute second hand and date that has a round hole showing date number not square hole as shown in other pictures. Our clock in 85" tall no finial and top case is 19" wide,
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Somehow I missed your post! Do you still have it? I have more info on John Key if it would help.
 
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