Author Archives: Peter de Clercq - Editor of AHS Journal

Clocks in opera

  If you like music as much as horology (I do!), this is for you. For the links to YouTube you need a loudspeaker or headphones. In Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, the eponymous court jester hires an assassin to murder … Continue reading

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A silent turret clock at the V&A

    Visitors to the Victoria and Albert Museum who notice the turret clock high up in the entrance hall find no explanatory label. Fortunately there is detailed information on the V&A website. The 8-day turret clock with hour striking was … Continue reading

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Clocks and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria

Cycling through north London I like to pass by the Jubilee Clocktower at Highbury, Islington, near the Arsenal football stadium. It was erected in 1897, sixty years after Queen Victoria came on the throne. And in the March 2011 issue … Continue reading

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Big Ben and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

    The iconic tower that houses the world’s most famous clock has always simply been known as the Clock Tower, but was renamed Elizabeth Tower to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Will the name catch on? I … Continue reading

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Horological horrors

Browsing the Digital Gallery of the New York Public Library I found a collection of cigarette cards, issued by tobacco manufacturers as an added incentive to buy their product. On one of these cards we see a drawing of a … Continue reading

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What became of the London sundial column?

     My previous blog was about the sundial column at Seven Dials in central London. It is a reconstruction, erected in the 1980s to replace a column that had been there since 1694 but was taken down in 1773. … Continue reading

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The sundial column at Seven Dials

  As I live in central London, I often pass through Seven Dials, an area between the districts Covent Garden and Soho where seven streets meet at a roundabout. In its centre stands a pillar or column with six vertical … Continue reading

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Sundials can be sobering and noisy

    Whereas a clock or a watch tells us at a glance what time it is, finding the time with a sundial is less easy. And it only works when the sun shines. Serious limitations, one might argue. But … Continue reading

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Clocks in Berlin museums

    Every year the AHS organizes a Study Tour for members to see collections of clocks and watches abroad. The 2010 tour went to Germany and included two days in Berlin. As reported in Antiquarian Horology March 2011, they … Continue reading

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Letters on the dial

    We are so used to telling the time from dials that we don’t really need the hour numerals. Some dial designs omit them altogether – distinctly uncluttered but also perhaps a bit dull. There is an alternative, which … Continue reading

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