NEXT MEETING - May 20, 2017
Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT, 8:30 AM. Table holders may set up at 8:00 AM. Please do not come before 8:30 if you do not have a table. Must be member of NAWCC (or guest) to attend. The usual refreshments of doughnuts, pastries, bagels, and beverages will be served.
Chapter 148 meets on the 3rd Saturday of odd months.
March 18, 2017 Meeting Highlights
Chapter 148 convened on Saturday morning, March 18th. The meeting was well-attended, and included a full array of mart tables laden with horological treasures to fit every budget and interest.
Our chapter is blessed with talented members who are willing to share their hard-earned experience and expertise. A wealth of information changed hands, for example, on replacing the veneer on Seth Thomas No. 2 regulators. It is likely that each of the eight-piece bezel sections on these clocks was covered with veneer before the sections were all glued together.
The American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, CT, is now open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the winter season. We were pleased to learn that during the past winter, the Museum attracted well over 400 first-time visitors.
Members Tom Grimshaw and David Ewbank teamed to give a presentation on historic, seldom seen examples of clocks that altered the course of Connecticut clock making history. Drawing from their own collections to illustrate, we were guided on an extraordinary journey.
Chronologically, the presentation began with a Benjamin Cheney-type wooden tall clock movement, ca. 1745-1790s, with a brass dial and hand-sawn gear teeth. Next Tom and David introduced us to Eli Terry's pre-Porter Contract wooden tall clock movement. Mass produced in small batches ca. 1803-1805, one other known example is at the Smithsonian Institution. We were then treated to a comprehensive discussion of Porter Contract movements. The latter were unsigned, so Tom and David provided tips for positively identifying them.
Picture: Tom Grimshaw (left, holding an Eli Terry, Porter Contract movement) and David Ewbank (right, holding a pre-Porter Contract Eli Terry movement)
Jumping ahead to the 1820s, we took an in-depth look at Chauncey Jerome's invention of the bronze looking glass clock, likely in 1825; a unique, very early example, bearing the label of Jerome, Darrow & Co., was in the room. Shelf clocks with thin plate wood movements came next, followed by movements with coiled brass springs that were the contemporaries of the more commonly seen 8-day strap brass versions in triple decker cases. Tom and David walked us through the earliest versions of Noble Jerome's patent 30-hr. stamped brass movements, followed by the earliest ogee-style shelf clocks.
Tom and David are long-time collectors and students of American clock making, well-known in chapter circles. They found a most appreciate audience at our meeting. We extend our sincere thanks to them for their time and efforts to cooperatively share their knowledge--and some of their very remarkable discoveries!
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January 21, 2017 Meeting Highlights
Chapter 148 held its first meeting of the New Year on Saturday, January 21. The meeting was well-attended, and mart tables sold out.
Items spotted at the mart included a vintage Brigg's rotary clock, a Mission-style shelf clock in original finish, and a Gilbert Clock Co. tape measure clock. An empty Seth Thomas case that once held a marine movement, bore period tags, one of which indicated a U.S. military supply origin. The other was marked “Pearl Harbor 6/6/1945” (see accompanying photo; the date of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor was Dec. 7, 1941.) The case had a history connecting it with the firm of Max Lowe & Co. of New York City, where it had been sent for reuse or recycling in the massive industrial buildup that coincided with our nation's entry into WWII.
Chapter officers reported a gain of several new members. We learned that member David Follett (NY) has been seriously ill, but is thankfully now on the mend.
Strempel's Clocks of Deep River, CT is looking for one or more clock repair apprentices. The NAWCC's 2019 National will take place in Springfield, MA. Area volunteers will be needed.
Mike Graham (NY) reported on the recently completed restoration of Vassar College's historic chronograph. A detailed writeup is in preparation.
Chris Corveleyn brought an album containing some excellent photos he took at NAWCC's recent Seminar (held at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, October 2016), graciously sharing his recollections. We were grateful for the chance to experience Winterthur's fine clocks through Chris's thoughtful and observant eyes.
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Meetings In 2016
The American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut
The Timexpo Museum
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