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The Unexpected Visitor

Jonathan Betts. Almost exactly ten years ago I had John Harrison’s magnificent first marine timekeeper H1 in my workshop at the Royal Observatory. It was being dismantled for study, cataloguing and conservation for the new chronometer catalogue. I had a film crew with me … Continue reading

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Star Of The Show

At the Mannheim electric clock fair, now in its twentieth year, one unusual item usually attracts a lot attention. This year (2019) was no exception. The images show an early form of German ‘treppenhausautomat’, loosely a ‘staircase lighting timer’. Lighting, … Continue reading

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The Typography Of Revival Watches

Until recently, there had been little research carried out on the typography of wristwatch dials. However, over the past decade, the increased interest in collectable vintage wristwatches appears to have sparked the interest of brands and collectors alike. While wristwatch … Continue reading

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Mr Satori fuses Quartz

This post was written by Tabea Rude, Vienna Museum.   Around one hundred years ago, on May 15th 1918, the newly founded, not yet opened Vienna clock museum receives a generous present: a clock movement fitted with a fused Quartz pendulum … Continue reading

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Redisplaying the York automaton clock

This post was written by Daniela Corda     Over summer 2018, Matthew Read, Director, Bowes Centre, and I were commissioned to condition survey, part disassemble, pack for transportation, and reassemble an eighteenth-century automaton clock on behalf of York Museums … Continue reading

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And now for something different

This post was written by David Read, Society Member       In the world of watch collectors there are many who dislike finding that a pocket watch case has been engraved with the owner’s name, or to record it … Continue reading

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Discovering a Japanese lantern clock

This post was written by Daniela Corda, student at West Dean College     As a Post Graduate Diploma student of the Conservation of Clocks program at West Dean College, one of my recent projects has been to restore safe … Continue reading

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The popularity of horological tattoos

This post was written by Society member Anna-Rose Kirk                     Clocks and watches are the most tattooed image at the moment according to Vice magazine and tattoo artists are sick of … Continue reading

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The compound pendulum in a precision timekeeper?!

This post was written by Tabea Rude, Member of the AHS   Popular and well known examples of compound pendulums in horology are found in French novelty clocks. They can be camouflaged as an innocent sailor, as in the mantel … Continue reading

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AHS Wristwatch Group

This post was written by Laura Turner and Rebecca Struthers of the Wristwatch Group.     The Antiquarian Horological Society is pleased to announce the formation of a new specialist group focusing on the emergence and development of the wristwatch. … Continue reading

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