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.
Very nice, you also find individual minute numbering on early English longcase and bracket clocks.. View attachment 619947 View attachment 619948 View attachment 619949 View attachment 619950
Early French Pendule religieuse also had half hour markers. They also have the individual minutes numbered.
1. Chauvin 1660's
2. Pierre DeChesne 1680
3. Claude Raillard 1670's
4. Unsigned 1660's
It appears many of the London makers used similar patterns and quite possibly a small numbers of engravers leading to fairly homogenous designs.I'm thinking that since the dial maker was very often different from the clockmaker, the clockmakers' names are not relevant. What might be relevant are the date of the clock and where it was made. (Similar dates and locales may have similar half-hour markers because they were made by the same dial maker.) Just an opinion.
I know we have had this discussion before about the date or authenticity of my Lister clock. Some said, if I recall correctly, that the Hepplewhite case came later. I'll have to search for that thread.Have you had this chapter ring off yet? I'm still not convinced it is original to the clock, removing it would probably confirm that one way or another
I think the suggestion is it might reveal evidence it has been dancing with more than one dial. Removing a chapter ring isn't straightforward if the dial is attached to the movement and best to be familar with what you are doing especially on such a lovely dial.IWhat would taking off the chapter ring show me? How difficult is that?