NAWCC antique watch collectors holding inaugural public day

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – For the first time ever, the Mid-South Regional meeting organizers will be offering a Public Day to non-members of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC). The public can participate in all the functions offered on Saturday, Sept. 1, including the MART and special exhibit, “The Great Antique Clocks of the 1800s.”

Also, Jim Coulson will present the lecture, “The Art and Science of Collecting Antique Clocks.” Perhaps most appealing of all, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public is invited to bring items for an appraisal event, where members of the NAWCC will give free written evaluations of antique clocks and watches. Public Day will begin Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

Ansonia street and tower clock movements are extremely rare; only four street clock movements such as this one are known to exist. The only references to them are in the 1800 edition of the Ansonia catalogs.

The public will have the opportunity to experience the excitement of the MART, where there are typically more than 200 tables of clocks, watches, parts, tools, books and other time-keeping materials for sale. Cost to attend the MART on Saturday is $10 per person; children under 18 are admitted free with an adult.

The antique clock exhibit at the 2012 NAWCC Mid-South Regional, “The Golden Age of Mechanical Clocks,” will represent the most significant 100 years in the development of mechanical time keeping from around the world, with a display of more than 50 clocks from many countries.

There will be carriage clocks from the 1830s made by the best French clock makers, a collection of early American carriage clocks and a working English skeleton clock, circa 1850. The display will also have wooden movement clocks and early brass movement clocks from America. There will also be clocks in this exhibit from Germany and Austria.

Also displayed will be an early English chronometer. This type of clock made it possible for ships to navigate the oceans of the world in the 1800s and 1900s. Attendees will even have a rare opportunity to see a working movement from an Ansonia Street clock made in America around 1880.

A free lecture is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sep. 1 in the Room 18 of the Convention Center. “The Art and Science of Collecting Antique Clocks” will be presented by Dr. James H. Coulson, a Star Fellow and a past president of the NAWCC Inc.

This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Harvard Clock Co. carriage clock

This Harvard Clock Co. carriage clock, made circa 1882, is very rare: It is one of eight carriage clocks made by the firm known to exist from the period they operated as the Harvard Clock Co. (1880 to 1884). Harvard made fewer than 100 carriage clocks total.

Dr. Coulson has been a member of the NAWCC since 1968. His talk includes something for everyone – especially those interested in starting a collection of antique clocks. He will introduce the vast variety of clocks available, different reasons for collecting and the research, restoration and maintenance of a collection.

Show-goers can bring their antique timepieces to the Chattanooga Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to have them evaluated by members of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors. Experts will help the public discover the history of their timepieces; not just when pieces were made, but the story of who made it, where, how, etc. Members will also research values from published references and provide a completed evaluation form identifying timepieces. These are not certified appraisals; buying and selling will not be permitted at the evaluation event.

Membership is required to attend events on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 30-31. Founded in 1943, The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc. (NAWCC) is a nonprofit scientific organization that serves as a unique educational, cultural and social resource for its membership and the public at large.

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