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
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.