American So, what does one find at local chapter meetings in Houston?

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  1. Jim DuBois

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    Last fall I bought a "T" bridge banjo clock at the 1/2 day chapter 139 meeting here in Houston. It turned out to be a bit rare and according to the world's foremost patent timepiece expert, it is most likely one of the "Spurious" knock offs that Simon Willard was known to rant about. See Chapter 139's website for more details. https://files.constantcontact.com/fdefe869001/436db579-bacc-463a-b972-641393f2588d.pdf

    So, today, with coronavirus on everybody's mind, major flood warnings for Houston and surrounding areas, I set forth on another adventure with no great expectations of coming home with anything great. I consumed all my good luck with the banjo last year, or so I thought. But, what to my surprise but I came home with some really neat stuff. The little ogees are all double fusees. The big ugly empire case with no glass is over 4' tall. I have the mirror that was in it. The ogees all have nice original glasses, nice labels, good dials, etc. Cases are great too. The label in the box clock with the window shade spring alarm is so good as to be suspicious. But, it is right! I will let the photos speak for themselves.

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    Fabulous!!

    Why can't I find stuff like this @ 8 and 87 meetings as opposed the typically offered endless piles of "fixer uppers", i.e., utter crap and fire wood?

    The large empire clock is I'm sure the same one pictured in Lee Davis' supplement # 18, page 18, figure 14. If not, then its twin.

    Things in MA pretty much still locked down as per Mr. Baker.

    Shocked they held the meeting, though. Most states won't allow gatherings of > 10, but not sure what the rules are now in Texas.

    Were people wearing masks? Maintaining social distancing?

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    Lucky you. Our local chapter meetings are slim pickings for the most part. I have a standing joke that to make a sale at a meeting, I'd have to buy something from myself.
     
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    "God's holy trousers !" I love the big empire. Thank you for the tour.
     
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    Yes, the same clock as Lee pictured. It is 8-day, in a bit of a state. Someone has mucked around a bit, never apparently had a label. Case is in pretty decent condition, original stenciling. A combination of mahogany and tiger maple bits. And a lot of old crazed finish. Quick, where is the belt sander when I need it?

    Regards the social interface; Interesting watching people in face masks and rubber gloves eating breakfast tacos and drinking coffee. The take it to the bank comment overheard was "oh, you can wash these masks? I have only worn this one for a couple of weeks and I haven't gotten it dirty!" Honestly, that is what was said, and I don't think it was in jest. Hmmm? And we did have a few over 10, but it was less than 25. Gotta' know when to fold em'.

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  6. brian fisher

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    nice jim! looks like you cleaned up!

    dang. i wish you would have sent me a message. i would have come.

    there were some pretty decent clocks at the last meeting. i have noticed that members are starting to divest these days.
     

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