• 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.

Suspension Unit Holding Screw/Block Screw

UncleDoc

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I'm not 100% sure of the correct terminology, but I've see both of these in Terwilliger. My miniature DeBruce is missing the upper block screw (or I lost it). Clock doesn't want to run with a loosely inserted tapered pin. Looked on Timesavers but see no obvious direct replacement, though there are some possibilities if I can determine the thread pitch and size. I assume they're pretty standard. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks.

Duane
 

KurtinSA

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Duane -

Near as I can tell, DeBruce was the retailer and the clock was made by Kundo. I suspect that other clocks by Kundo would have something that would work. Any chance you can upload some pictures?

Kurt
 

Burkhard Rasch

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wether the top block is held by a skrew or by a pin is not critical as long as the top block doesn´t whiggle with each "beat".The top block has to sit in the respective slot tight, allowing only to hang perpendiculary. The saddle in these KundO´s is friction tight, are You sure You´ve set the beat correctly?
Burkhard
 

KurtinSA

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I have a clock that is similar, although not the same back plate. But likely the basic parts are the same. Here's a picture of the screw that goes through the saddle and through the block. The dimensions are in mm.

Kurt

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MuseChaser

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I've got a "John Wanamaker," a miniature movement made by Reiner in a full-sized mounting, that is also missing that screw. I've tried a bunch of spares I have lying around from various Schatz and Kundo clocks, and all of them are... too small!! I don't know if a previous owner had drilled out the saddle hole larger, or if the large top block pivot screw was always big on this clock. Still haven't found one that fits.
 
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