• 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.

French Looking at another thread piqued my curiosity.

Jim Randall

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Recently bought this clock without its pendulum. It is brass and weighs a ton. The other thread mentioned BROCOT in it which is on my clocks speed adjustment. Also there is a A*B stamping on it. attached are pictures.

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Achielle Brocot did, from memory, use that mark, so I think this not only uses his suspension but also came from him as a maker. He was a good maker, and also very inventive, with a number of patents to his name. It’s a nice clock, and will look great restored. There is nothing on the movement to say who he purchased the movement blank from
 

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Nice clock and as Zedric says will look lovely when restored. It is a Brocot suspension adjustment but I don't believe the mark on the movement is Brocot's which afaik is a conjoined A B in a star. The mark on this movement is shown in the book Carriage Clocks, it is unattributed and was seen on a carriage clock sold at Sotherby's. It is I would think the mark of a finisher of both pendule de Paris and pendule de voyage roulants.
 

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but I don't believe the mark on the movement is Brocot's which afaik is a conjoined A B in a star. The mark on this movement is shown in the book Carriage Clocks, it is unattributed
Mikrolisk attributes the trademark to Louis Achile Brocot.

And the conjoined A B in a star is also attributed by mikrolisk to Brocot.

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jmclaugh

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Mikrolisk attributes the trademark to Louis Achile Brocot.

And the conjoined A B in a star is also attributed by mikrolisk to Brocot.

Regards.
Ah well either Allix & Bonnert are wrong or Mikrolisk is.
 

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As Allix and Bonnert wrote their book almost 50 years ago, it is possible that they are both right, and that the mark had not yet been identified. One problem with Mikrolisk is the lack of references so you can see why the conclusion has been reached re attribution.
 

jmclaugh

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It is of course possible the mark belonged to someone else.
 

Jim Randall

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Thanks for all the replies. I still need to source a pendulum. Not sure what length to order. I know time savers has universal ones. But am concerned with the hook size on the suspension.
Also the book mentioned, is it indeed the one by Allix P Bonnert?
 
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