BRING & DISCUSS
A general interest evening when members are asked to bring any interesting clocks or watches to show and discuss.
Club Evening – The intended meeting has now been re-scheduled for November.
WILLAM WRIGHT LONDINI FECIT The restoration of a an early bracket clock.
When he was asked to restore the movement of an early bracket clock David was enthusiastic, but this was before he realised that the pull repeat action was unique. Over a period he worked out how it had operated and reconstructed the mechanism. This required a lot of detective work and some trial and error! David is going to explain what he did and how he did it with the aid of an extensive set of slides.
Dr Rees Pryce
Dr Rees Pryce was, before retiring, a University lecturer. He was the major author of ‘Samuel Roberts clock maker: an eighteenth century craftsman in a welsh rural community’ published in 1985. He has, for many years, been interested in Comtoise clocks, has visited the French Comte and has lectured widely on the subject. Members are invited to bring examples of Comtoise clocks to the meeting.
STUDY TOUR – CLOCKMAKING IN HOLLAND
This is now fully subscribed.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM will be followed by a demonstration of the photography of clocks and watches.
WORKSHOP – 20TH CENTURY ENGLISH CLOCKS
You may recall that in March last year we held our first workshop on this subject where discussion encompassed Smiths and the Enfield Clock Co. (introduced by Simon Manley-Cooper), British United Clock Co., Williamsons, and Perivale. This year the aim is to extend our knowledge by discussing the extensive network of small companies which were consolidated and the way in which this left the clock making industry after the war. We hope that it will also be possible to re-consider the Smiths Enfield story. Members are invited to bring information and exhibits to enliven the meeting.
RESTORING A DOUBLE FUSEE DIAL CLOCK
Early in 2006 we all enjoyed Sid’s presentation on the repair and re-finishing of marble clock cases. At this meeting Sid, an experienced horologist, will be discussing the repair, which he undertook, of a double fusee dial clock. Sid is a great enthusiast who speaks in a relaxed and interesting way based on his great experience as a practical horologist.
WORKSHOP – BLACK MARBLE CLOCKS
Club member, Bill Wolmuth will introduce the evening by showing some interesting French marble clocks which will be followed by the discussion of any clocks brought in by members.
THE RESTORATION OF A BIEDERMEIER CUCKOO CLOCK and other cuckoo matters!
John, a club member, bought a decrepit cuckoo clock on Ebay. It was of Biedermeier design with an enamel dial and porcelain columns and dated from about 1870.
He will describe the restoration undertaken which included re-covering the cuckoo pipes and re-leathering bellows, cleaning and repairing the wooden plated movement, making a new pendulum and repairing the case. Members are invited to bring black forest clocks for discussion.
HOROLICAL ENGRAVING (Replacing Paul Buck on ‘Black Forest Clocks’. Paul will be coming next year.)
Mr Cooper is a professional engraver and he will be talking about his work, showing some examples and to giving a practical demonstration.
(Unfortunately Mr Legg who was going to talk to us about Buckinghamshire Clocks is ill and will not be able to come. We send him our very best wishes.)
MADE IN ENGLAND who made those unsigned 20th century clocks
We will, therefore, be holding a club evening on the subject of ‘Made in England’ clocks. That vast body of mid twentieth century clocks on which no manufacturers name was shown. This was done to satisfy the ego and commercial requirements of the retailer.
All makers advertised their clocks with movements signed or unsigned and, in most cases, offered to write the retailers name on the dial free of charge. The identification of these movements is often quite difficult but all the makers from Elliott to Enfield produced them.
We aim to unravel the mystery on the basis our members experience and recent unreported research undertaken by Club members. This has enabled some early Elliott, U.K.Clock Co., Williamson, Enfield, Perivale and Daval movements to be identified, but there are still many gaps.
So, please bring any unsigned English 20th century clocks so that we can make further progress with this most interesting subject.