• 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.

Who collect's Watch Fob's

musicguy

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This Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP) knife was advertised as a watch fob
not really sure if it was used that way, but it's a nice little knife.

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Dano, your 2mm pinfire is a Japan manufactured "Little Atom" Round Butt, with the floral design grip.
It is an early manufacture with a bored through barrel, compared to the later versions that had the barrels blocked and a vent hole on the top, side or bottom of the barrel.
The overall length is approximately 1-5/8 inches.
They were made from 3-layers of die stamped brass, riveted together and nickel plated.
Dave
Here is a pair of cuff links & a tie clasp you can wear while wearing your 2mm fob on your watch chain.

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keystone fob
Great group of fobs, Dano! The Keystone fobs are fun to collect because there are so many varieties, and then you can go into the jewelers or states. The first two pictures are front and back from the 1893 Exposition. The last picture includes one for the Keystone Watch Club (center top).

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Dano, your 2mm pinfire is a Japan manufactured "Little Atom" Round Butt, with the floral design grip.
It is an early manufacture with a bored through barrel, compared to the later versions that had the barrels blocked and a vent hole on the top, side or bottom of the barrel.
The overall length is approximately 1-5/8 inches.
They were made from 3-layers of die stamped brass, riveted together and nickel plated.
Dave
Here is a pair of cuff links & a tie clasp you can wear while wearing your 2mm fob on your watch chain.

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Thank you so much for the information. I wondered what version it was
 

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Beautiful group of fobs! Someone certainly had a good eye for quality pieces.
 

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Hi and welcome to the NAWCC Forum

Thanks for sharing the photos of your very nice looking fob's!



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Hello,
I'm not a fob collector but found this in a junk box at a clock collector's estate sale about one month ago. The owner wasn't a watch person, but still it looks like it might be a watch fob. It's made of solid bronze and is 1.184" in diameter and 0.290" thick at the center. The slot is approx. 0.390" wide. The markings are the same on both sides.

Do you think it is a watch fob? And do you know what the letters might stand for?
Thanks for your advice.

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Hello,
{snipped] It's made of solid bronze and is 1.184" in diameter and 0.290" thick at the center. The slot is approx. 0.390" wide. The markings are the same on both sides.
Do you think it is a watch fob? And do you know what the letters might stand for? Thanks for your advice.
Yes, a fob.
My 'W.A.G" .... Elgin American Watch Co.
 
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My 'W.A.G" .... Elgin American Watch Co.
I don't think you are too far off. Elgin American I think made ladies compacts, but I don't think there is an "A" in that jumble -- that is just where the central bar of the "E" (with downward serif) crosses the middle of the "W". However, Elgin Watch Co. is a very reasonable guess.
 
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Lloyd and Jerry,
Thanks for your replies to my questions. I've ordered a strap and will try it out with a watch.
 

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This PW chain and fob was used by it's owner till almost all the gold had worn off
it must have been very precious to the original owner with his two
children's photographs in it.

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Dug this one up while metal detecting a 1840's civil war Vets house. At first i thought it was some kind of civil war medallion. The ship seemed kind of early. It appears to have 6 Cannons and 4 Turrets and it also has 2 big smoke stacks. Because i had dug up a New York State Civil war General Service button and i also dug up a General Winfield Scott Presidential campaign token, I obviously thought that this thing was of some kind of Historical significance. After posting it on several Metal Detector sites, it was determined that this was probably a Propaganda Piece Watch Fob for Remembering the sinking of the USS Maine in 1898. The image on the fob is just a generic image of the USS Maine. Still very nice and since im a watch collector its perfect for my collection.

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This PW chain and fob was used by it's owner till almost all the gold had worn off
it must have been very precious to the original owner with his two
children's photographs in it.

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Rob
That's really neat, Rob. I have one like it, a very elaborate little piece. It's a spinner with an intaglio image of a stork on one side, a bloodstone on the other, and a space for two photos inside, like yours. I'm supposing the photo is of someone's wife.

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