New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Winter Meeting, Saturday, January 26, 2019

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


8:30A.M. Registration. Nametags are available for pre-registered members, and 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 AM for the noon lunch.

9:00AM to 10:15 AM. Silent Auction. A fee of $3.00 per item, multiple items for one bid to count as one item.


9:45 AM. "Collecting Antiques Long before It Was Cool." The James Arthur Lecture given by Robert Cheney, at the NAWCC Symposium "Cars, Clocks and Watches" Henry Ford Museum September 21, 2018, will explore the important role that Massachusetts antiquarians, or hoarders, played in the mid to late 19th centuries towards understanding the past through its material culture. Important early accumulations of objects of historical interest became the foundations of The Concord Museum, The Essex Institute (now the Peabody-Essex Museum), Salem, and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in Deerfield, Massachusetts. In this presentation, we will meet some of these early antiquarians, explore their mania and how they set the stage for the next century of collecting. Robert C. Cheney is a third-generation clockmaker, consultant and dealer providing services to over 35 museum clients and private collectors throughout the United States. He has lectured extensively about early American clocks in the United States, the UK and Canada. Recently retired as the Director of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments at Skinner Inc, he presently serves as the Executive Director and Curator at the Willard House and Clock Museum.

10:45 AM. "Making Watches in America with Ian Schon of Schon Horology." Ian Schon started Schon Horology to take his passion for watches to the next level, that is, moving from a hobbyist machining watch cases in his apartment, to now making watches as a career. Ian devotes his time towards the pursuit of making watches in his own style and developing methods to manufacture and finish these parts. He will talk about his watches, dial, hand and case making, and why he chose new old stock movements around which to begin designing watches. Before Schon Horology, Ian was a working as a Senior Product Designer at IDEO in Cambridge, MA and ran his pen company Schon DSGN. At IDEO he designed consumer products, medical devices, scientific instruments and all kinds of interesting products for clients small and large. These experiences helped shape his understanding of what it takes to bring amazing products to fruition for customers all over the world and paved the way for this new adventure into watchmaking.

12:00 PM. Lunch and annual after-lunch chapter 8 business meeting and discussion

1:00 PM. "History of German Car Clocks.” Bob Frishman will introduce and show a rerun of Dr. Graf's unique presentation at the recent "Cars, Clocks and Watches" NAWCC Time Symposium hosted by the Henry Ford Museum. Johannes Graf, curator of the German Clock Museum in the Black Forest, was one of the eminent speakers. His lecture offered information and images that were new and fascinating to participants. All conference speakers were professionally video-recorded for viewing by members unable to be in Dearborn that weekend. A Chapter 8 Past-President, Bob has been a working horologist and scholar for nearly four decades. He is an NAWCC Fellow and Time Symposium Committee Chairman, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He has authored nearly 100 clock-related articles and presented more than 100 lectures to horological and general audiences.


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