Click HERE for this month’s Philadelphia Chapter One newsletter. In addition to the information about our upcoming meetings we cover the “The Dutch Zaandam Clock” A historic & unique style of clock making.
Remember to pre-register for the discounted table rate of $5 ea (limit 2 per person).
Saturday Feb. 25th “One Day Class –
10:30 – 4:00PM ” Repairing Wooden Clock Movements”
Sunday February 26th General Meeting
7:30 A.M. Registration Opens –
7:30 to 8:30 A.M. — Mart Room set up Table Holders and Early Birds Only
8:30 A.M. — Mart Room opens to all other registered participants
10:30 A.M. Best in Show Contest
11:15 – Workshop: Al Dodson “Watch and Clock Escapements”
12:00 Noon Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Edidin “Collecting Watches
Our newsletter this month talks about the Swiss Basel Show where you can rub elbows with the rich and famous, The history of Daylight Savings Time, Updates on this & Last month’s meeting, as well as your registration form. Click Here for the Philadelphia Chapter One newsletter-12-5-2016
We hope you can join us for the last meeting of the year, and the last meeting at the Williamson Banquet & Event Center. If you haven’t sent in your registration please be sure to contact Treasurer Dave Gorell with your info.
A Gigantic Antique and Modern Watch and Clock Show on November 5 & 6, 2016
It’s that time again, the Mid Eastern Regional sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter One NAWCC, Inc. at the York Expo Center, Memorial Hall West 334 Carlisle Ave. York, Pa. 17404
There will be over 350 tables of Watches, Clocks and Horological Tools, Exhibit,
3 Lectures by prominent Clock authorities on “American Empire Clocks, 1825 to 1845”
BUY, SELL, TRADE
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED
Entrance fee is $40.00
For more information contact Dave Gorrell 443 694 4972 or
on line at djgclocks @aol.com
Over 85 Philadelphia Chapter One members and their families braved the heat last month sharing a delicious summer picnic lunch as well as a great Clock Mart. Thanks again to Merrill’s Antiques for being our hosts again this year, the Merrill grand kids were sure a help as well. Thank you to David Gorrell, Treasurer for putting this fun event together.
These events serve more than just a fun get-together with old friends, they can also be a way to introduce a new generation to the pleasures of Antique Clocks and Watches. Please make the effort to share with any you know that express interest in these subjects. If you know of a young person of mechanical inclination, who is looking for a possible vocation, steer them in our direction. This is precious knowledge that needs to be passed to the next wave of Clock and Watch aficionados. Share (and participate) on our Social Media sites. Talk about your interests to the younger set, and share your pleasure and knowledge with them.
JULY 30, 2016
3rd Annual Summer Picnic
1860 Weavertown Rd. Douglassville, Pa. 19518
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
All the traditional Fare: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Brats, Cut Cuts, Garden Salad, Potato Salads, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Ice Cream, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Sodas
Come and enjoy: Good Food Great Friends
Lots and Lots and Lots and Lots of Clocks and Watches
Admission is Free YES FREE!!!
Picnic Lunches are $10.00 per person
Mart Tables are $25.00
All tables are indoors All tables are 8 Foot
Rain or Shine Bring the whole family Guests are welcome
In order to get Lunch or Mart Tables you must pre-register.
Deadline for Registering for Lunch or tables is Friday July 22, 2016
Send your Registration forms and remittances to the Treasurer:
1179 Dicus Mill Rd.
Millersville, Md. 21108
410 987 5915 or 443 694 4972
The REAL IMPORTANCE of TIME
A young man often learns what is most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.
Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Besler died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.
“Jack, did you hear me?”
“Oh sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.
“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.
“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.
“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.
“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important…Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said. As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away. The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture….Jack stopped suddenly.
“What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.
“The box is gone,” he said.
“What box?” Mom asked.
“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,’ “Jack said. It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it. “Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said. “I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”
It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read. Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. Mr. Harold Belser it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package there inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.
“Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I valued most in my life.”
A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.”
“The thing he valued most…was…my time.” Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.
“Why?” his assistant Janet asked.
“I need some time to spend with my son,” he said. “Oh, by the way, Janet…thanks for your time!”
Give this some thought and we hope to see you at the Summer Picnic.
Kim Jovinelli joined the museum on Dec
Kim Jovinelli will give a lecture on “The Role of the Curator” at the Marcxh 13th Meeting of Philadelphia Chapter One
The National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Lancaster County, recently hired a new curator of collections to replace Carter Harris, who retired in August.
Kim Jovinelli joined the museum on Dec. 1. She is responsible for the professional preservation, documentation, security and presentation of the museum’s collection.
Jovinelli received her undergraduate degree in archaeology from Millersville University and a graduate degree from The University of the Arts with a concentration in collections care and management.
She was the assistant curator for the Delaware County Historical Society and a volunteer with Independence National Historic Park’s National Park Service Archaeology and Collections Care and Management Department.
This meeting will feature a workshop by Ian Whetherly. His topic will be “Table Top Electroplating”.
The Luncheon Speaker will be Kim Jovinelli, the new curator at the National Watch and Clock Museum. Check out our most recent Newsletter. It contains an article about the recent ,and disturbing developments in the watch repair industry. Also there is the second part of the Article on Fusee chain making. The “Tips from the Bench gives you a key to buying a magnifying Loupe. A new feature in this issue is an article on “What is wrong with this repair”. The problems with using “Rathburn Bushings’ is discussed.
Turning Clock Finials, Acid Etching Clock Glasses, Repairing Cuckoo Clocks, starting a wrist watch collection, all of these topics and skills will be featured at the next Philadelphia Chapter One Meeting on November 15, 2015.
At this Meeting Adam Harris, a guest curator from England, will be giving a lecture on the joys and pitfalls of collecting wristwatches. His lecture will begin at 1:30PM and will end at approximately 2:30PM. All timepieces have something to teach us.” says Adam. Since the summer of 2012 Adam Harris has assumed the seasonal title of Guest Wristwatch Curator at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. Largely focused on clocks and pocket watches, the Museum’s awareness and public promotion of wristwatches has expanded because of Harris’ efforts. Before returning to his home in Alicante, Spain, Watch News interviewed Harris to get some reflections on his time as curator. His Lecture will be held during the Philadelphia Chapter One Meeting on November 15, 2015 at the Williamson Banquet and Event Center. See our Newsletter for directions and information.
At this same meeting come and see how the master does it; Kevin Bedgood will be demonstrating the art of Finial turning at this month’s Chapter One Workshop. Anyone who has ever tried to turn a finial, especially a complicated one has found it a daunting task. It is only surpassed in difficulty by attempting to duplicate a second one. Keven a long time master turner makes it look easy. His workshop will be held in the President’s Room at Williamsons . The workshop will begin at 10:30 and last until 11:45.
These and all of Chapter one’s workshops this one is free and open to the public. Be sure to share this information with the Horologicly inclined
Philadelphia Chapter One announcements the line up for October’s Membership meeting.
Please note preregistration is recommended and if you know anyone who would be interested in the history and joys of collecting clocks and watches we encourage you to invite them as your guest.
This month’s luncheon speaker is John Riabov, proprietor of Wyndwood Tyme in Landenberg, PA. His topic will be: “Restoring a Chester County tall case clock by Isaac Jackson.” Mr. Riabov is an expert in watch and heirloom clock repairs. He is a graduate of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) School of Horology in Columbia, PA. To remind you that at our September meeting in 2014 Mr. Riabov spoke on Breguet, his life and contributions to horology.
The workshop presenter will be: Ashley King, proprietor of The Clock Trader in Quakertown,PA . His topic is:” Repairing Jefferson Golden Hour Clocks”. Golden Hour clocks are a form of mystery clock, in that, it is difficult to see how they operate. The electrical versions were created by the Jefferson Clock Co. The original Jefferson Company was established in 1928. Mr. King will be demonstrating the repair of one of the later models.
Thanks to all that were able to attend the August Folger Library presentation by Rory McEvoy, the Curator of Horology at the Maritime Museum at Greenwich, England. The video we produced will be available for viewing soon. If you have any pictures or other comments about this event please email the Treasurer at email@example.com.
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