Calendar

Oct
20
Sun
Regular meeting @ Auburn Elks.
Oct 20 all-day

For the last meeting of 2019, we return to the Elks Lodge, Auburn, MA.

In lieu of a third speaker for this meeting, we are trying a Show & Tell session for the first time at a regular meeting.  This type of session has been a popular feature at previous annual picnics, so we thought it is now ready for Prime Time.  Allow your “Inner Speaker” to give voice for a few minutes or so about a horological anything (or two) that takes your interest and share with an appreciative audience.

Note: the January 25, 2020, OSV meeting notice will include the first notice of the 2020 dues renewal with the annual form.  The council encourages your prompt payment at that time to make Chapter 8 life a bit easier for Joe Seremeth, Treasurer.

 

 

 

Announcement and Registration Form
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Jan
11
Sat
Regular meeting @ Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) .
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am

President’s Message

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New year, Happy Hanukkah and a Wonderful National Bobblehead Day (January 7th). I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting of the 2020 on January 11th, National Milk Day.
Chris

 

 

 

 

Announcement and Registration Form
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Mar
14
Sat
Spring Meeting Postponed @ Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) .
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am

This Saturday’s chapter 8 meeting has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus and more details will follow

President’s Message

This is our first wristwatch focused meeting and, if you are interested in wristwatches, please join us and enjoy our three great presenters. We vote with our feet: that is, by our attendance. If you are not a wristwatch person, then come and see what everyone else is excited about. As we move forward, we will try to strike a balance of clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches. If you have a presentation you would like to hear, or a presentation you would like to give, please contact any one of our council members.

Chris

 

 

 

 

Announcement and Registration Form
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May
16
Sat
Epidemics Touched Clock Makers Lives Too – VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS
May 16 @ 3:00 pm

Mary Jane Dapkus will provide brief histories of a number of infectious diseases and their 18th and 19th-century treatments along with stories connecting these matters with early American clockmakers. Link to required registration.

Speaker
Mary Jane Dapkus
Independent Horological History Researcher
Mary Jane is an independent history researcher specializing in horological studies. Her articles have appeared in the NAWCC “Bulletin,” the “Cog Counters Journal,” and the “Timepiece Journal” of the American Clock and Watch Museum of which she is a contributing editor.

May
30
Sat
Do You Own Boston Watch Company Watch #6000?
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The revelation of Boston Watch Company pocket watch movements with serial numbers in the 6000s is the outgrowth of tracking information about surviving Waltham Model 57 watches for 20-some years and the study of court documents when the Company went bankrupt in 1857. They do exist or are they’re just hidden under a different name.

Register in advance for this webinar:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Webinar Speaker

Ron Price

Following a professional career in high tech computer companies, Ron Price recently retired from building websites. He has been an active member of NAWCC chapters #8, #87 and #148, also Mass Watch & Clock Makers, and now lives in South Carolina. Ron’s 10-year researched monograph, “Origins of the Waltham Model 57”, was published by NAWCC in 2005 and he has recently updated it on his website http://www.plads.com/m57/.

Jun
13
Sat
The Future of Auctions Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic by Dan Horan
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dan Horan (Owner and President @Schmitt-Horan & Co.)

Daniel Horan is owner and president of Schmitt-Horan & Co ) and a licensed auctioneer. He has managed auction houses specializing in antique horological items for more than 20 years, and this has provided him with the unique experience of working with some of the top watch and clock experts in the field.

Since acquiring Schmitt-Horan in 2017, Dan created a specialized and proprietary auction software that assists in the firm’s ability to provide frequent online auction and high-quality opportunities for horological enthusiasts and collectors. As a “hands-on” owner, Dan works personally with clients and their families on estate and trust matters to ensure that their collections are treated with care and respect.

As a 15 year member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and Board member of Chapter 8, Dan has given many presentations on Selling At Auction, appraisals, and how to share the love of antiques with the younger generations.

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Jul
22
Wed
Simon Willard Eight-day Clocks: In Search of the Finely-Divided Trade, 1785-1825 by Robert C. Cheney
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Robert C. Cheney of Brimfield, Massachusetts is a third-generation clockmaker and a nationally recognized authority on early American clocks. He has served as a conservator and consultant for nearly fifty museums including Old Sturbridge Village, Worcester Art Museum, The American Antiquarian Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and has served on the Boards of the National Watch and Clock Museum, the American Clock and Watch Museum and the Willard House and Clock Museum.

As the most complicated trade in 18th century America, clock making relied heavily on a finely divided shop structure to produce domestic timekeepers. Cabinetmakers, carvers, gilders, dial makers, painters and at least seventeen different metal-working trades all joined forces to capture the fervor of nouveau riche Americans to mimic fine English interiors with locally produced furniture, silver, portraiture and clocks to fill elegant new homes.
Previous scholarship by this speaker has documented a little known, but extensive trade in Liverpool and Birmingham goods to supply Willard and others with most of the materials and components needed to fill the needs of an emerging American market. This talk will widen the importance of Liverpool and Birmingham for American clock production and discuss how Willard began to recreate English methodology in Boston by 1800.

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Aug
12
Wed
An Overview of Escapements
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Jon Weber has been member of the NAWCC since 1972 and has been a member of several chapters. He has a PhD in experimental solid state physics. He took two courses at the NAWCC school of watchmaking when it was in operation. He has worked in government labs, commercial sales and military systems engineering. He has several patents on military related systems. He is interested in both watches and clocks. His watch interests include repair tools and watches that shows developments in watchmaking. His clock interests are in precision time keeping and pendulum stability. He is currently a board member of Chapter 8 and assists on the NAWCC message board.

Description: This webinar is a top down view of the escapement beginning with a description and a review of what an escapement does and how it distinguishes different types of timekeepers. The theme is that all escapements have three things:
1) They unlock the power that drives the timepiece
2) They apply power to the timekeeping element
3) They re-lock the power source

It includes examples of various escapements showing them operating in slow motion and how each performs the three functions of an escapement.

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Sep
30
Wed
Waltham Clock Co. History and Clock Production – Andy Dervan
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:

Andy Dervan began collecting antique clock in 1997 and joined the NAWCC. He found clock collecting was a fascinating hobby, and his principle collecting interest is 19th and 20th Century weight driven clocks particularly banjo clocks. Researching the manufacturing histories of various makers and companies was more challenging than simply collecting; he has published many articles in NAWCC Watch and Clock Bulletin, American Clock and Watch Museum Electronic Timepiece Journal, and Clocks Magazine. In 2011, he retired from DuPont Performance Coating and now volunteers at Henry Ford Museum, runs a clock appraisal business, and continues his horological research. In 2011, he became an NAWCC Fellow, in 2016 he was awarded NAWCC James W. Gibbs Literary Award, and in 2017 he became an NAWCC Star Fellow.

Description:
In 1890, Walter J. Dudley and Walter K. Menns began work on an electric (battery powered) clock in John Starks shop in Waltham, MA. They convinced a group of Natick, MA investors to form Waltham Electric Clock Company in New Hampshire on June 5, 1890. A factory was setup in Natick and 1st clock was sold in early 1891. In April 1891 a group of Natick investors took over the company and moved it back to John Stark’s shop Waltham; the Natick businessmen could not provide sufficient financial support to keep the company in Natick.

January 1893 Waltham Electric Clock Co. introduced a weight driven precision regulator clock, and American Waltham Watch Co. purchased an early regulator for the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit to control the watch making machinery. At the June 1894 annual meeting Waltham Electric Clock Company Board of Directors voted to change the company’s name to the Waltham Clock Company. The company quickly acquired a reputation for manufacturing high precision weight driven regulators.

November 1898, the Waltham Clock Company reorganized and elected new officers: John Stark, President; William Henry, Treasurer and Business Manager; and Thomas W. Shephard, Mechanical Superintendent. The company was ready to introduce a new Hall Clock designed by Mr. Henry and a new synchronized time system, and planned to offer a complete line of regulators, office, and marine clocks. This new partnership appeared very successful, because many newspaper articles and other publications highlighted the company’s success. Waltham Clock Co. chiming hall clocks became a big seller for the company along with large and small regulators and Willard banjo clocks.

The company continued until the death of William Henry in January 1913. After William Henry’s death John Stark and Thomas Shepherd purchased his interest of the business. In February 1914, John Stark and Thomas Shepherd felt the company required additional capital and sold the company to Waltham Watch Company.

Waltham Watch Co. increased its product offerings and maintained Waltham Clock Company as separate department to capitalize on its recognized name for quality. After Waltham Watch Co. 1925 reorganization the separate clock department was abolished.

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