• 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.

Thomas Humphreys barnard castle dial

MoroccanClockCollector

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Dearest people

I have this dial but my faith forbid images of people that is why i need a new one i know the rules does not allow trading so i hoped that there is a place where i can buy one

Greetings me
 

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With no pictures or a description of the dial I'm not sure anyone can be of help.

Thomas Humphreys was working at Barnard Castle, Durham from around 1815 to 1865.
 

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I agree with Jonathan, without at least some details of the dial you are looking for, it is almost impossible to help.

All I can suggest is that you look on a site such as e-bay for a second-hand dial, but make sure that it is the right size and has the winding holes in the right places, as well as a for any subsidiary dials.

JTD
 

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Rather than damage the history of the clock can you not cover it up, perhaps by putting a piece of velvet over the middle and refitting the chapter ring? My partner collects records and the ones from muslim countries have the pictures of female band members censored so that they can still be sold there.

I take it from that it would be ok to cover up the dial centre and velvet centres were used on mainland europe clocks so it can look quite good.

Are the spandrels ok?
 

novicetimekeeper

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Ah, just went back and saw the dates, so I assume this is a painted dial.
 

MoroccanClockCollector

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Dearest people

I have this dial but my faith forbid images of people that is why i need a new one i know the rules does not allow trading so i hoped that there is a place where i can buy one

Greetings me

thomas humphrey.JPG thomas humphrey (3).JPG thomas humphrey (4).JPG thomas humphrey (5).JPG
 

novicetimekeeper

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Oh it is a thirty hour, does it have a falseplate? changing the dial just got a lot easier, though I still question why you can'r simply cover it up, it would be easy to do and doesn't have to damage the dial.
 

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With no pictures or a description of the dial I'm not sure anyone can be of help.

Thomas Humphreys was working at Barnard Castle, Durham from around 1815 to 1865.
With no pictures or a description of the dial I'm not sure anyone can be of help.

Thomas Humphreys was working at Barnard Castle, Durham from around 1815 to 1865.
i did post another the dial this time with photos
 

novicetimekeeper

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You could make a velvet sock to slide over the arch and perhaps add a crescent to decorate it. It would then still go in the case ok, it would not interfere with the function.
 

novicetimekeeper

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Just make a paper pattern from the dial to get a semicircle that covers the arch. Get some material and cut out two pieces with extra for seam sew together along round edge inside out, turn right way round and slide over top of dial.
 

novicetimekeeper

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not the best for the clock I fear but it is your clock. Sadly they have little value these days so many are lost.
 

novicetimekeeper

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It is heading for its 200th birthday, and has done well to survive this far, it just seems a shame to separate it now if an alternative is available, but it is your clock as I said. Perhaps if you want to change the dial you could ensure that this one does not get separated completely so that they could be reunited in the future if the opportunity arises.
 

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It is heading for its 200th birthday, and has done well to survive this far, it just seems a shame to separate it now if an alternative is available, but it is your clock as I said. Perhaps if you want to change the dial you could ensure that this one does not get separated completely so that they could be reunited in the future if the opportunity arises.
that sound quite reasonable and what if i let a professional clock painter cover it up with paint is that something?
 

novicetimekeeper

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that sound quite reasonable and what if i let a professional clock painter cover it up with paint is that something?
Potentially that could be the worst outcome, as unlike just keeping the old dial somewhere safe, or providing a fabric modesty cover, it could be irreversible. However I don't know enough about the materials used, and my concern would be the painter may not either.
 

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