New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Fall Meeting, Saturday, November 16, 2012

Auburn Elks Lodge, Auburn, MA
754 Southbridge Street (Route 12), Auburn, MA


8:30A.M. Registration. Nametags are available for pre-registered members. Walk-in registration begins. Mart opens for set up for table holders only.

9:00A.M. Mart. Opens for general entry. Mart will close at 11:45 A.M. for the 12:00 Noon Lunch.

9:00AM to 11:45 AM. Silent Auction. A fee of $3.00 per item, multiple items for one bid to count as one item.


9:45 AM. "Roasting Jacks." Bob Frishman. Some three centuries after the first appearance of mechanical timekeepers in Europe, similar clockwork machines were applied to the tedious task of turning spitted meat before roaring hot hearths. These roasting jacks were among the first machines in the kitchen until they became unnecessary after the transition to enclosed ovens in the mid 1800's. The presentation will include examples of roasting jacks as well as many relevant projected images. Bob Frishman, a Chapter 8 Past-President, is a familiar speaker at our meetings. Founder of Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, Mass. in 1992, he has restored, collected, sold, studied, written and lectured on mechanical clocks for more than 33 years. Details are at

10:45 AM. "400-day Anniversary Clocks." Jeff Adams will give a brief history of this type of clock with the majority of the talk focused on how these clocks work, common problems, and simple repairs. Jeff gave this presentation several years ago and, due to a number of specific requests this year; we invited him to give this talk again. Since 1994, Jeff has been repairing clocks and watches. He has been a NAWCC Field Suitcase Instructor since 2003, and studied under Mr. Dan Neid, head of the York Time Institute, York, PA.

12:00 Noon. Lunch.

12:45 PM. "Lincoln’s Watch." Paul Mellen. Major Ladd's pocket watch was a gift from the Officers of the 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Artillery in March 1864. This watch was manufactured in a run of 99 watches in the month of November 1862. The watch is in mint condition, 15 jewels with a gold balance, housed in an 18k Gold Robinson and Appleton case. Major Ladd was there at Lincoln's deathbed on April 15, 1865 at 7:22 AM. For Paul, the trail began last March when he came across, and purchased on eBay, this Appleton Tracy pocket watch. More treasured was the story that Paul pieced together about Major Jonathan Ladd, which would ultimately lead to the vigil at Abraham Lincoln's deathbed. Which raises the question, did Ladd's timepiece also record Lincoln's death? Paul is a social services advocate, who collects watches and lives in Duxbury.

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From the East or West: Mass Turnpike (I-90), take Exit 10, then stay to the right after exiting the toll plaza and to Southbridge St. (Route 12) going south. The Elks Club is about 0.6 mile on the right.

From the North: follow Route 290 to Exit 6, then to Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to the 4th set of lights (Route 12 intersection). Turn right (north) on to Route 12. The Elk Club is about 0.3 mile on the left. Note: the exit for Route 20 West off of Route 290 is the very first exit after the Mass Turnpike. The exit comes up quickly, so be aware of this situation.

From the South: follow Route 395 (becomes Route 290 in Auburn) and take Exit 6 for Route 20 West. Proceed to the 4th set of lights (the junction of Routes 12 and 20) and turn right on to Route 12 North. The Elks Club is about 0.3 mile on the left.

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