Philadelphia Chapter One is sponsoring a tour of the Folger Library’s display of the famous Sea Clocks produced by the ingenious British Clock Maker, John Harrison. He is the man who finally solved the problem of determining Longitude while at sea. His efforts spanned a period from 1730 ,when he started work on his Sea Clock H1 until he was finally paid for his work on the incredibly accurate Sea Watch H 4, in 1773. This display includes working models of. H1,H2, and H3, his first attempts at solving this problem. Also included is the actual H4 the watch that won him the Board of Longitude’s 20,000 pound prize.
This tour will include a presentation by Rory McEvoy, the Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England. Unlike Dava Sobel, Longitude author, our presenter has differing opinions regarding the controversy surrounding this important advance in seafaring technology.
”Working with clocks and watches has always been a pleasure but, for me the most rewarding part of the job is placing these objects into the bigger contextual picture; discovering why they were made, by whom and how they were used. Many of the precision clocks at the Royal Observatory have tremendously rich histories and surprisingly long working lives. In my most recent project I researched a group of clocks that celebrate naval heroes. It was particularly exciting to present these objects in the wider historical context and make positive links to texts, paintings, prints and decorative objects from the larger National Maritime Museum collection.”
Here is a link to Mr. McEvoy’s blog post regarding his visit to the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.
The Philadelphia Chapter One Summer Picnic will be held:
Sat. August 1, 2015 as part of the Amity Watch and Clock Fair @ Merritt’s Antiques
We will be having several additions this year to the picnic. We will be hosting, in addition to our usual ‘Mart’ tables, an auction, and 2 lectures. Fill out the Event Form to register
This month’s newsletter discusses the innovation of pocket watches in the early 18th century. Mr. Jean-Antoine Lepine one of the earliest innovators who took us from fusee power system and verge style escapement, to using a longer mainspring whereby the actual power was derived from a small fraction of the spring length. This change allowed (pocket) watches to be streamlined dramatically thus paving the way for further modern watches.
Upcoming 2015 meetings for Philadelphia Chapter One will be: October 4, November 15, & December 6
Meetings will be held at:
Williamson’s Banquet and Events Center
500 Blair Mill Rd.
Horsham, Pa. 19044
215 675 5454
Our website Clock and Watch Society is an information hub for The Philadelphia Chapter which is affiliated with the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the oldest and largest Watch and Clock Society in the United States. It was founded on November 1, 1943 by a group of watch and clock enthusiasts in the Philadelphia area. This small group has, over the past seventy odd years, grown into an organization that has over 20,000 members in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Philadelphia Chapter is dedicated to the enhancement of the interests of the horological arts in all its forms. This involves the preservation of the art, science and history of watch and clock manufacturing in all of its aspects throughout the world. This also includes the recording, preserving, and enhancing, through educational programs, all of the attributes of watches and clocks both antique and modern. The Philadelphia Chapter is unique in its dedication to its members’ horological needs by sponsoring scholarships, classes on watch and clock repair, workshops, watch and clock marts, lectures, demonstrations, research projects, and exhibits. The Chapter membership is open to all and welcomes everyone regardless of their interest or skill level, from the professional dealer to the amateur collector or hobbyist. please visit our site Clock and Watch Society for upcoming events and news.
The next Chapter One Meeting will be held May 31, 2015, at our NEW location:
The Speakers for the May 31th 2015 Meeting:
Lee Davis, “Successive Steps In Stenciling Clock Splats ”
Allen Richardson, “A Surprising Story of a 315 Year Old Watch with One of the First Personalized Dials”
Come up early for our “One Day Class,” May 30th, 2015 (Public invited)
This month’s class Class will be “Casting Small Clock Case Parts in Metal,” taught by Dave Gorrell. Please feel free to bring any interested guests to the “One Day Class,” As always the Saturday classes are open to the public for nominal $10 charge.
Read in this month’s newsletter, about a beloved Chapter One member retiring Heartsome Fox, the service dog for Ed Fox. Other subjects include: HOROLOGY IN HOLLYWOOD,The 2015 Chapter One Scholarship Award, & 3D Printing for Horology.
Don’t forget to bring your items for the Silent Auction which will be resuming this month.
For a complete copy of the March 29th Newsletter click on the underlined Newsletter heading above.
We have relocated to the Williamson Banquet and Event Center in Horsham, Pa. See page 2 of the Newsletter for directions and a map. The March Meeting will feature a Presentation of War Alarms by Al Dodson, a demonstration on Friction Jeweling in watches by George Morrison , and a class on cleaning and repairing Platform Balances by David Gorrell. The public is invited and the lectures are free. Our next meeting will be on May 31,2015. The Summer Picnic will be held at Merritts Antiques on August 1, 2015.
This month’s newsletter includes a tribute to Carol Buonato Clock Face painter,our 2015 Calendar,an article on Horology & Hollywood by Janet Fox, and several theories about why clock dials use the IIII rather than the IV. Sign up for the Dec 7th meeting. The workshop is on “Gold Leaf on Glass” and the Lecture is on “Sharing Our Horological Resources with the Digital World”. For details about our one day class on Dec. 6th; Repairing American Movements Part 3 and repairing French “Pendule de Paris” movements see our Newsletter..
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Try our new “One Day Class” format. We decided that this would make our classes more accessible to the public and also serve our more experienced members. Each class will be compartmentalized and designed to focus on a specific set of skills. We hope that our members will share this information with others who share an interest in learning more about our passion.
Following up on our last meeting’s class our first segment will focus on the repair of American clock movements. This is geared towards the novice and they will come away with the ability to do a rudimentary repair on an actual clock. The second segment will be devoted to the repair of Wooden Clock movements. It will concentrate on the replacement of broken teeth in both wheels and pinions. This is an important skill that everyone who touches a wooden works movement needs to know.
All of our classes are designed to further Philadelphia Chapter One’s mission to create the next generation of clock and watch enthusiasts.
A reminder that your 2014 – 2015 dues are now due. Please send to the Treasurer whose address is in the October Newsletter.
The Philadelphia Chapter One, Clock and Watch Society’s year will commence with a new set of ideas and activities that are open to the public. Help us spread the word to let others know about some of these exciting opportunities including the Andrew Baron event. See the details in the Chapter One Clock and Watch Society Newsletter Sept 7, 2014
This year for the first time since 1985, Philadelphia Chapter One a organization associated with the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) held a Summer picnic and Clock and watch fair . One hundred fifty seven Chapter members, and approximately one hundred others enjoyed the beautiful weather and the comradery of buying,selling , and learning about antique and modern watches and clocks. It was held at Merritt’s Antiques in Douglassville, Pa. during their annual Amity Clock and Watch Fair. Lunch was provided for all Chapter One members and their guests from Boyers Catering also of Douglassville, Pa.