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.
Gintaras,Sharing pictures of my new purchace - nice GB clock with small dial and GB logo on the front plate. Never see such model before. Unfortunatelly original pendulum is missing, I use replacement with different SN. Any comments would be very interesting. Regards
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Gintaras thanks for posting. Very tardy reply, but your clock is one of those made in the first production run of the skeleton clocks in January 1910. About 600 clocks were made in this batch, the first 90 and the final 100 of this run being made for B. H. Abrahams of London and stamped with the BHA logo per Plate 1033. Your clock has plate 1189. As best I can tell the clock is completely original, only missing the suspension guard.Sharing pictures of GB 400 day skeleton clock. Maybe would be interesting for the records.
Gintaras, thanks for posting this clock as well. These with the GB logo on the front plate are relatively few, and yours at least for now has the highest serial number in my data for this model, made in early 1904.Sharing pictures of my new purchace - nice GB clock with small dial and GB logo on the front plate. Never see such model before. Unfortunatelly original pendulum is missing, I use replacement with different SN. Any comments would be very interesting. Regards
John, thank you for your comments. It is nice to hear you after some silence The pendulum number is 2126014. I also have movement with the same SN. I bought it not complete for spares. RegardsGintaras, thanks for posting this clock as well. These with the GB logo on the front plate are relatively few, and yours at least for now has the highest serial number in my data for this model, made in early 1904.
You mention you have used a replacement pendulum, from what I can see this one is from a clock that was at least a few years newer. Could you provide me the serial number of the pendulum? I keep this kind of information and have been successful to find matching clocks on a few occasions.
Thanks for the info. This pendulum and the scrap movement with the same serial number was made near the end of 1909, nearly six years after the clock it is now serving.John, thank you for your comments. It is nice to hear you after some silence The pendulum number is 2126014. I also have movement with the same SN. I bought it not complete for spares. Regards
I recently bought a Gustav Becker 400 Day Clock at an estate auction. My knowledge about clocks is very humble and I would like some information from experts on this one. I think the serial number is 1731911.
I agree it is not in the best condition and it needs some repairs.
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Hi Kamil,Re: two tone Becker
My Gustav Becker I now working on to get back to life. Sadly missing parts. Looking for small hands, rached wheel with with bridge and screw for it and click with screw. If someone have this GB parts for spares or some of them please contact me. Thanks Kamil
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Thank you Sunand for the information above.Hi,
I think you have a prized acquisition. John will be able to give you correctand important information on the design features of the clock and its completeness as on 1903 (when it was made). What is amazing is:-
1.It is probably the earliest GB 400 day starting with `17'. the last earliest one is I think 1732001 of mid 1903
2. I have never seen a GB with this strange top block arrangement.Even the fork is uniquely fixed to the wire.Not clear from the photos. Some close ups from three sides will help.
3. the pallet movement upright pin again has something at the top.
All these are interesting changes, and may be a part of some prototype designs introduced for a limited time? But otherwise the clock looks complete, and will good with cleaning and polishing. The key, may not be the original one, but thats expected after so long.
I think, it's a great find. Lets wait for expert comments. Wonder where you got it?
Could you post some photos of the adjustable nut, and clear photo of the back of the clock. This will help.I do not know if this is the right forum to ask ?
The dead beat escapement is not correct adjusted, so my GB is jumping minuttes. The adjustable nut to adjust the distance is completely beat up, and is stuck, do anyone have experience freeing it or replacing it ?
I assume it is mounted with a tight fit, and should be possible to press it out ?
Sooo, I finally got around to looking at my 400 day above. It had stopped running months ago and I figured it needed winding. I adjusted the weights outward in an attempt to slow it down a little then wound it and it stopped running. Gave it a little spin to start again and ran and stopped again. Any ideas or suggestions. Thank you,Welcome to the message board, Mark! Nice looking survivor! And the serial numbers match which is a good thing. I think your pendulum is suspended just fine...it can't go that much lower from the looks of things. In order to slow the clock down, you will need a double ended key similar to either of the two on the right in this picture:
400 day clock keys , which one goes where?
You would take the small end of the key and turn the small threaded rod so that the small weights on top of the pendulum move outward. You should see one end of the rod with four flats on it...turn it in the direction of the "S" stamped into the small weight.
As for build date, from the serial number it appears the clock was built during the first quarter of 1923.
Photographs of the clock will help to show the situation with it. The photo must show the clearly the back of the clock.Sooo, I finally got around to looking at my 400 day above. It had stopped running months ago and I figured it needed winding. I adjusted the weights outward in an attempt to slow it down a little then wound it and it stopped running. Gave it a little spin to start again and ran and stopped again. Any ideas or suggestions. Thank you,
Thanks for the reply. Guess the photos I posted above on March 10, 2020 don’t show enough detail!? I’ll try to get better photos posted.Photographs of the clock will help to show the situation with it. The photo must show the clearly the back of the clock.
There are many reasons to stop these clocks, most are cured by simple means, photos will ensure the best advice.
Sorry didn't realise this had been covered before.Thanks for the reply. Guess the photos I posted above on March 10, 2020 don’t show enough detail!? I’ll try to get better photos posted.