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    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.

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Kienzle clock - saved from the dump

Altdorfer

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Hello everyone,

I'm very new to the forum and fairly new to Horology as a hobby.

Here Germany once a month there is a Sperrmüll where people put things out for the "Bin lorry" to be taken to the dump - but people scout around beforehand for "useful" items.

My wife spotted this clock destined for the rubbish dump in a pile of "Sperrmüll" and but bought it home for me. Someone had removed the striking train and looked like it had also been drenched in oil and then left in a dusty basement!

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I have stripped, cleaned and reassembled it with a new pendulum suspension spring and it seems to keep good time.

It may be a very generic movement and clock, however I am pleased I managed to salvage it from being crushed up and unceremoniously dumped. It has also sparked my interest in practical horology.



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new2clocks

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Welcome to the forum!

The following is some information on your movement.

D.R.P. 147023 is a German patent for a striking movement with a countwheel etc. in front of the front plate was granted about October 1903 with protection effective from 5 Dec 1902 to Erhard Robert Schlenker, of Schwenningen.

Ironically, however, E.R. Schlenker was not the Schlenker of Schlenker & Kienzle, the maker of your movement.

The trademark on your movement was registered in 1892.

Based on the above, we know your movement was made no earlier than 1903.

The style of clock is a "free swinger".

t may be a very generic movement and clock, however I am pleased I managed to salvage it from being crushed up and unceremoniously dumped. It has also sparked my interest in practical horology.
I would not call your movement a generic movement and your wife and you did a great job of salvaging the movement!

Regards.
 
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Altdorfer

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Welcome to the forum!

The following is some information on your movement.

D.R.P. 147023 is a German patent for a striking movement with a countwheel etc. in front of the front plate was granted about October 1903 with protection effective from 5 Dec 1902 to Erhard Robert Schlenker, of Schwenningen.

Ironically, however, E.R. Schlenker was not the Schlenker of Schlenker & Kienzle, the maker of your movement.

The trademark on your movement was registered in 1892.

Based on the above, we know your movement was made no earlier than 1903.

The style of clock is a "free swinger".



I would not call your movement a generic movement and your wife and you did a great job of salvaging the movement!

Regards.
Thank you so much for the welcome and also the information on the Clock - really interesting and so nice to learn a bit of it's history. I'm certainly really happy my wife salvaged it :)
 
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