NEXT MEETING - March 19, 2016
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.
January 16, 2016 Meeting Highlights
Connecticut Chapter 148 held its first meeting of the New Year on Saturday morning, January 16. A chilly rain fell as members converged on the historic Edmund Town Hall in Newtown. In light of years past, however, few if any complaints about the weather were either heard or entertained.
Our January meetings typically do not include a speaker. Instead, as might be expected, members enjoyed the opportunity to chat about the holidays, repair issues, recent auctions, and exhibits. In the latter category, we learned that a new exhibit of clocks and watches designed specifically for royal customers is about to, or has recently opened, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Closer to home, “Ships, Clocks, and Stars”, a loan exhibition from the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, England, continues on display at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, until March 28, 2016. This exhibit tells the story of a key piece of Britain's 18th century quest to rule the seas: the need for a reliable method to determine longitude, through a number of unique objects and artifacts. For those who may have missed it at Mystic, “Ships, Clocks, and Stars” will travel next to Sydney, Australia, the final stop on the exhibit's world tour.
Items spotted at the mart included a weight-driven 30-hr. time, strike and alarm, wood movement shelf clock by Wells Forbs, Bristol, New Hampshire, bearing label dated 1842. Also encountered was a loose tall clock dial signed "Bevan / 23 Argyle St. / Birkenhead"; a miniature bird-in-a-cage clock with alarm, ca. 1900, of German origin, with an 8-day movement, having two horizontal dials above the bird, one showing hours and one minutes; a "Tidey Furnace Clock", bearing the patent date of March 23, 1923 on its dial, part of a device used to close the flue of a coal-fired furnace; a "tape measure" clock; and a "Zig et Puce" (French comic book characters) animated and musical alarm clock dating to ca. 1940.
A very happy, healthy, New Year to all!
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Meetings In 2015
The American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut
The Timexpo Museum
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