Author Archives: James Nye - Council Member

Enicar will do

    Collectors of Enicar watches may be intrigued by a story I recently uncovered. The life of this popular Swiss brand (1913–1988) took in two world wars and the quartz revolution of late 1960s. The name Enicar derives simply … Continue reading

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King’s Cross – March 1952

  I am spending every waking minute at present researching and writing about Smiths, owner of the English Clock Systems marque (ECS), Just now I came across an article about ECS in the March 1952 in-house Smiths magazine, and thought … Continue reading

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Venner chance comes along, take it

  In November, David Rooney mentioned the Venner time switches in telephone kiosks. This prompted wheels to whir in my brain and I went hunting in my ‘reserve collection’ for something I acquired many years ago, by chance.   Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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What on earth?

    In a few days, Francoise Collanges will embark on a project involving the Alexander Bain clock at The Clockworks. We will survey the clock, compare it with examples at the Science Museum, the Guildhall and Greenwich, and work … Continue reading

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A eureka moment of recognition

Sometimes, every once in a while, one’s record-keeping comes up trumps. Rooney and I wrote up the history of the Standard Time Company in Antiquarian Horology back in 2007, and widened our scope in the BJHS. Since then, very little … Continue reading

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Anyone for Venice?

      Rome may be the ‘eternal city’ but for La Serenissima – Venice – time also stands still, or at least it has for me over four decades of visiting the city, with various familiar walks reviving favourite … Continue reading

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Surprising old-timers

  Several of us field enquiries that come from all over the globe, addressed to the secretary at Ticehurst, and which predictably often turn on the issue of ‘How much is my clock worth’, or ‘I found this in the … Continue reading

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The worst of times

  I have been musing on the destructive power of war in the lives of various clockmakers and their families. Consider an obscure Brno clockmaker, Johann Antel (1866–1930). Sporting a boater, his two daughters, Anna and Edith, are ranged left and right … Continue reading

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A la recherche du temps synchronisée

  A number of us are fascinated by the whole concept and practice of synchronized public time. As well looking at the time transmission systems installed in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and elsewhere in the late nineteenth and early twentieth … Continue reading

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Whatever makes you tick!

    I’m fascinated by machines that are largely clockwork, but which don’t show the time. A visit by West Dean students to The Clockworks meant digging some intriguing items out of the stores. Consider the early electricity meter. Early … Continue reading

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