Monthly Archives: September 2012

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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The Silver Swan fictionalized

      The latest novel by the Australian author Peter Carey, The Chemistry of Tears, was inspired by the Silver Swan of Bowes project. The Swan is an amazing late 18th-century, life-sized automaton, incorporating three clockwork mechanisms or movements, … Continue reading

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Antiquarian horology in a graveyard

  Last weekend I went for a walk around King’s Cross and St Pancras, London. The area’s undergoing great change right now as part of a huge regeneration project. I was on the hunt for the mausoleum of one of … Continue reading

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