Mount Rainier Chapter 135 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is a group of 25-30 individuals who share a common interest in horology, the art and science of timekeeping. Membership is comprised of individuals who collect watches, clocks or both.
While membership is concentrated in the Seattle-Tacoma area, members come from all over the greater Puget Sound region to attend meetings and some belong to more than one NAWCC chapter. Meetings are usually held in the afternoons of the first Saturday of each month, include spouses, and are (typically) held in member’s homes.
Each meeting consists of a social hour (with refreshments), a brief business meeting, and a program. Programs may include discussions of horological topics from the technical to general interest items. At other times, a “Show & Tell” is held where members take turns showing items and briefly discussing them. At many meetings, a “Mart” is also held where members may bring items available for sale or trade.
Saturday 2014 MEETING
Saturday, October 4, 2014
1:00PM - Social Hour
2:00PM - Business Meeting and Program
Mart space will be available.
PROGRAM:• A short presentation on the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers museum in London, England.
• A quick slide tour of the museum and some of the key members (Tompion, Mudge, Dent, etc.) of the guild. Started in the 1600's the Guild is one of the oldest horological "fraternities".
• The presentation will discuss the formation, processes, and key players, as well as show some of the pieces in the museum."
The Clockmakers' Company was established by Royal Charter granted by King
Charles the 1st in 1631. It ranks 61st in the order of precedence of the 110
City of London Livery Companies. It is the oldest surviving horological
institution in the world, and its motto is Tempus Rerum Imperator, Latin for
"Time is the ruler of (all) things."
The Clockmakers' museum and library was founded in 1813 and was originally a
library of ancient manuscripts of the Company, but soon grew to include many
printed books, often presented by their authors, or annotated by famous
clock and watchmakers.
The library is now celebrated for its holding of rare clockmakers' workbooks
and related documents (such as Victor Kullberg's records, and many 18th
century holograph manuscripts by John Harrison).
The museum contains the oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches
in the world and is considered to be one of the finest. It contains some 600
English and European watches, 30 clocks and 15 marine timekeepers, together
with a number of rare horological portraits. The majority of items in the
collection range from c.1600 to c.1850.
Please join us to hear about and see images of many of the fine exhibits in
the collection; it is certain to be an interesting and informative event!
Snacks and beverages will be served!
TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:
• Upcoming events
• 2014 Holiday Event
• Puyallup Fair review.
• Connell Multi-Chapter Meeting review
If you would like to attend this meeting e-mail the chapter secretary for directions
Meeting Schedule 2014
LinksNational Association of Watch and Clock Collectors
British Horological Institute
American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute
Chapter 31 Pacific Northwest
Chapter 50 Puget Sound
Chapter 53 Inland Empire
Chapter 180 Friends Of The West Coast Clock And Watch Museum
Washington Watchmakers - Clockmakers Association
West Coast Clock & Watch Museum
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