• 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.

mahogany 4 glass Becker

lesbradley

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I don't know what it is about torsion clocks, but similar clocks always seem to turn up in twos or threes.

Just bought a nice brass 4 glass with rectangular dial and along comes another in a mahogany case.

The condition of this clock is absolutely stunning, just like it came out of the shop 100 years ago. It must have been kept in the perfect environment for all its life. No tarnishing, no discolouration, just perfect. It has obviously been very sympathetically maintained, only screwdriver marks are on the suspension The eccentric for escapement, front plate and dial screws are unmarked, and the pendulum screws still have the perfect blued finish with no corrosion at all. What a find!!

For John's info the movement no. is 2056190, no number on the pendulum. I opened the pendulum base and was a little shocked to find small lead shot rolling all over the place. Obviously a solution to a too thick suspension.

Clock is still perfectly in beat without needing any change, just a trifle fast.

This clock is staying firmly in my collection.:)
 

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Les, I think we can all be envious of you for this one! VERY nice example. Based on the serial number it was made 3rd quarter 1908, so your comment about it coming out of the shop 100 years ago was spot on. The stamped crest and lower decorative piece have been documented before but are not common.

One point of interest is the back plate. It has the exact layout as 1195A, but with a suspension guard added that would confirm the clock was made after 1905 but before the pallet inspection holes were introduced in 1909. The key to comparing it to 1195A is the click bridge and spring layout, plus the presence of a serial number. I looked at 1191 but that one has small holes at the top and bottom center of the plate that are not present on your clock. In any event this is a "new" layout so I've added it to my database as 1195A*.
 

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Well Les, it's hard to make Mr. Hubby jealous, but you've done it! Congrats on a rare find!
 

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Well Les, it's hard to make Mr. Hubby jealous, but you've done it! Congrats on a rare find!
Did not cost an arm and a leg either, and came out Bonhams, of one of the UK's top auction houses in Knightsbridge, London. I think I must have had the only bid and it went for reserve price.:D
 

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