• 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.

What is this clock?

yam kei

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Can anyone tell me more about this clock? I could not find any information.
Is this a rare clock?
What is the clock name or clock maker?
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Many thanks,

kei
 

JTD

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These clocks are not common, though there are reproductions around. The idea is that the lamp provides a light from within, while the numerals revolve so that the pointer tells the time. From what I can see, yours looks as if it may be an original, not repro. To identify it better, we need to see the clock movement. That may have a maker's name or logo on it. The word 'breveté' just means 'patent' in French.

A nice find, particularly if it is original.

JTD
 

rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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Can anyone tell me more about this clock? I could not find any information.
Is this a rare clock?
What is the clock name or clock maker?
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Many thanks,

kei
What an interesting clock.

I basically agree with JTD's comments.

It's a form of night clock. They are a category of time keepers meant to permit telling time at night before the advent of electric illumination. They often provided some light as well. These night clocks were often placed in a bed chamber. They may take a number of forms.

Your clock is one of the basic form where a cylinder, in this instance, a wire mesh cylinder with attached metal numerals, was rotated by a clock work mechanism. More typically the rotating portion is milk glass with painted numerals. In order to be able to tell time in the dark, the cylinder was back-lit by the small integral oil lamp.

I must admit, I have not seen one quite like yours before. It also appears to have an alarm mechanism? That's very interesting, indeed.

The origin of yours is probably France (hence the use of the term "brevete"), mid to late19 century.

For a little bit more about this type of clock, see this thread on the MB:

Couldn't resist.

In that posting I link to a variety of night clocks in the NAWCC museum.

Also, if you take some time to Google phrases like "antique night clocks", you will find additional information on line including about some very early examples.

RM
 
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yam kei

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Thank you very much!
 
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