NEXT MEETING - May 21, 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.
Our speaker will be Bob Frishman, chairman of NAWCC Symposium Committee, offering an illustrated preview of the October 6-8 NAWCC Symposium, "Clocks at Winterthur", to be held at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE. Winterthur, one of the country's top-rated house museums, features more then 90,000 American decorative and fine art objects. Museum founder H.F. DuPont had a special interest in clocks, and the museum owns over 100 fine examples. More than a dozen expert speakers will discuss the clocks' makers, regions, craftsmanship and cultural significance. All symposium details are at www.clocksatwinterthur.com. and Bob will have flyers and registration forms to distribute at our meeting.
Chapter 148 meets on the 3rd Saturday of odd months.
March 19, 2016 Meeting Highlights
Connecticut Chapter 148 met on Saturday morning, March 19. Over ninety members and friends attended. Our meeting featured a well stocked mart, raffle, and impromptu book discussion.
Members sought and received instruction on subjects as varied as setting up a cuckoo clock in a neighbor's home; repairing tiny ladies' watches; repairing a minute repeating watch with a push wind crown; and repairing the broken bottom pivot of a ship's chronometer balance staff.
Our book discussion centered around a few classic works pertaining to the science and history of time and time keeping. For example, The Universe and Dr. Einstein by Lincoln Barnett, 2nd revised ed. (NY: Bantam Books, 1980), offers a concise summary of Einstein's remarkable historic discoveries that forever changed the way time, and indeed, the entire universe, are conceptualized. Similarly, A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking (NY: Bantam Books, 1988) offers amazing insights in a very readable format. Another current favorite is Ships, Clocks, and Stars: the Quest for Longitude, by Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt (NY: Harper Design, 2014). Finally, early political and scientific aspects of the struggle for a way to measure longitude are well documented in: Longitude and Empire: How Captain Cook's Voyages Changed the World, by Brian Richardson (Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press, 2005.)
At the Chapter's May meeting, Bob Frishman (MA) will present an overview of the upcoming NAWCC Symposium, to be held at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, in October 2016. Stay tuned.
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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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