Author Archives: James Nye

A Gala For Lisa

    Tuesday 25 October 2016—to the Victoria and Albert Museum for a fabulous evening to celebrate the life of our late President, Lisa Jardine FRSA, in the company of her husband John Hare, members of the family, and a … Continue reading

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A supplementary (late) meeting report (from 1957)

    Petrol rationing ceased in May 1957, but the legendary Colonel Quill, DSO, had long planned the AHS September visit with a view to everyone needing to use public transport, staying local in London. About forty members and friends … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never – Baillie Bibliography Vol 2

  Someone I know is researching the electric clock systems of Ritchie. Being a pro, I rather suspect they have run a lot of obscure sources to earth, but I’m going to make a point of drawing their attention to … Continue reading

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Time from the mains

    In 1931, Wireless World published a powerful pictorial depiction of timekeeping from the electric mains. Today, we check the time on our smartphones and glance at standalone battery-driven quartz clocks on walls at home and at work, and … Continue reading

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Mannheim April 2016

  Friday 15 April 2016 – to Mannheim Seckenheim for the 17th annual electric clock fair, organised by Till Lottermann and Dr Thomas Schraven, the chairman of the DGC’s Electrical Horology Group. This has long become an essential part of … Continue reading

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Plans for an important clock

    St Luke’s church (c.1825) in West Norwood, London, has an extremely fine clock (c.1827) by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, costing some 3 per cent of the budget for the church and the equivalent of several hundred thousands of modern pounds. … Continue reading

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Fire! Fire!

    The AHS has launched a fascinating new research resource for its members – a series of searchable fire insurance records, covering the period 1710 to 1863. Over many years, the late Roger Carrington (1948–2005) manually transcribed fire insurance … Continue reading

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The annual winding of the Mostyn Tompion

    28 January 2016. To the British Museum, at the delightful invitation of the horology curators to take part in a little-known and wonderful ceremony – the just-once-a-year winding of the glorious Mostyn Tompion. The Deputy Director, Jonathan Williams, … Continue reading

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Sushi, Saké and a Send-Off

    December 2014’s Antiquarian Horology featured a clock made in 1573 by De Troestenbergh in Brussels, rebadged and given as a gift (by Spanish survivors of a 1609 shipwreck off Japan) to the great Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. In May … Continue reading

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Inspired Reforms – Magnificent Outcomes

  In May 2014, I blogged about a competition to devise uses for new-old stock 1950s Calibre 5000 Reform movements that had turned up at the annual Mannheim electro-fair.   I judged the entries on 24 May this year, and what … Continue reading

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