• 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.

Clock Wanted: Seth Thomas Platform Escapement

Clockinit

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Hello All...Am Looking for a Platform Escapement for a Seth Thomas Ships clock..Model # 5165. Either the platform or the complete movement would be Great!! Been looking on E-Bay for some time. Any thing that MIGHT be compatible is quite pricey...and I cannot even know for sure if what the seller has, is the exact fit, as they can't give me exact details on the movement or the escapement...Attached are a couple of photos...
Any input would be greatly appreciated....

Regards,
Bob

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Kevin W.

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A watchmaker can most likely repair your old platform.
 

Clockinit

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Kevin W....can you or anyone else recommend someone in and around the Phila , PA area? I've tried a couple and they said they would not repair it...

Bob
 

Kevin W.

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You could post it on the message board and see if someone would respond to fix it. I would try asking David Labounty. He has a clock repair web site.
 

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You could post it on the message board and see if someone would respond to fix it. I would try asking David Labounty. He has a clock repair web site.
These items can be repaired inexpensively. I use an Amish gentlemen that is usually overwhelmed with work. I have had him repair many platforms without complaint. But you must be patient as he works alone. Additionally, he is a NAWCC member of long standing.
Send the platform to: Mahlon Shetler, Watchmaker
3345 Highup Rd
Jasper, NY 14855
Include a short letter explaining what you need done and a little about your clock/watch experience and knowledge so he has an idea on how to reply to you. Being Amish he has no phone number and bugging him won't speed up the process. Years ago I sent him a similar platform that someone has used superglue to secure the roller jewel which caused a significant amount of corrosion, destroyed the hairspring and balance pivot. He completely refurbished the platform and I haven't had a bit of trouble with it since. I recommend him without reservation.
 

Clockinit

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SAMO66...thanks for the comeback...I appreciate the feedback for sure...I did wind up sending it to a NAWCC member up in Ticonderoga, NY...Like you're guy, He's very busy and it'll be a couple of months before I get it back...That's not really that long in the Grand Scheme of things....
The message board/forum has been a real lifeline for me on many an occasion during my clock edumacation LOL!
Again, thanks for jumpin' in, and have a great day!!

Best,
Bob
 
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