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28 March Auction

The South London Branch Auction, 28th March 2015.

To be held at The White Hart Barn, Godstone, RH9 8DU.

The hall opens for viewing at 11.00 and the auction will commence at 13.30. Tea and coffee
will be available. There are cafés and pubs within walking distance of the White Hart Barn.

This is a private auction and is therefore only open to members of the BHI (including Branch members) and horology students from West Dean College. Please bring proof of membership to enable us to issue a bidding number. Non members may join the South London Branch of the BHI at our normal annual membership rate prior to the auction.

  • There will be a £3 registration fee.
  • Payments up to one hundred pounds to be made in cash.
  • By prior arrangement and agreement from the treasurer we will accept
    cheques for total purchases of over one hundred pounds. Please bring
    proof of identification, including address, on the day.
  • The items shown in the photos are a selection of what is on offer and are not necessarily shown as being in any particular lot.
  • Please see our Auction Conditions.

Auction conditions – sale March 28 2015

All enquiries to the South London Branch – slbbhi@uwclub.net

Please click on the thumbnails to view images.

26 item(s)
26item(s)

April, 2015 Meeting

2nd April 2015

The History of Metals and its Influence on Clock Development

Chris McKay FBHI

How much do we know about the metals we use everyday

Chris will start with the history of how Iron, Steel, Zinc and Brass were commercially produced over the centuries. Starting in 1386 the supposed date of the Salisbury Cathedral Clock to 1900 when social and economic conditions determined a downturn in clock production.

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Coalbrookdale

With the metallurgical history established Chris will then go on to chart the development of clock production identifying marker points in horology that can be attributed to the metals available. Domestic as well as Turret Clocks will be considered.

bloom out of furnace

Bloom out of the furnace

Looking to the future Chris will speculate on the discoveries that may be made using the bewildering array of tools and techniques available today.

Chris, a Chartered Electronics Engineer is Chairman of the Dorset Clock Society and a prolific author. His books “The Turret Clock Keeper’s Handbook” and “Big Ben – The Great Clock and the Bells at the Palace of Westminster” are seen as the definitive works on these subjects.

McKay

A regular contributor to the HJ Chris has provided both articles and authoritative book reviews. Risking the attention of every Health & Safety Officer in the land the November 2013 issue covered working with molten lead in a practical and safe way for the clock enthusiast.

Aged 11 Chris started to take alarm clocks apart and by age 13 had learnt to put them back together again! At the age of 19 he worked on his first Turret Clock and has been fascinated by horology ever since.

This is a talk not to be missed!

March, 2015 meeting

Swarf on my Mouse Mat – John Downie

An intriguing title for what promises to be a talk to remember.

John Downie who is a member of the Sussex Branch of the BHI is a retired university lecturer with a keen interest in the practical use of computers in clockmaking.

John will be describing the research and computer modelling he did in order to help a friend build a functioning model of the famous 14th Century Salisbury Cathedral Clock.

With a desire to be able to manufacture complex items in his workshop John has built his own CNC machine using a scrapped computer controlled PCB drilling machine together with home brewed electronics and software.

Subsequently he has gone on to develop computer models of mechanical regulator clock escapements and using programs such as Algodoo and Rhino 3D and a home brewed mill has gone on to put some of them into practice.

John is not entirely computer based and enjoys working alongside other Sussex based horologists fine tuning his hand skills.

Anyone who was on the visit to the Frodshams workshop will remember how impressive the computer aided design facilities were.

Maybe John will inspire us to see how the computer can be put to good use in our own more humble workshops!!

28 March auction preview

Details to follow

26 item(s)

February, 2015 meeting

Owen Gilchrist

The meeting on the 5th of February will be back in our usual White Hart Barn Godstone and we are delighted to welcome the renowned horologist Mr Owen Gilchrist from the Bristol branch. Owen will be traveling complete with bench and his family to demonstrate, under the bright lights of a video projector. Owen will demonstrate assembly of the Smiths iconic calibre 1215 watch. This was one of two manufacturer’s watches that Sir Edmund Hillary wore to the summit of Everest.

Owen who studied at the Manchester BHI College alongside Roger Smith and others, will explain to us as he gives his demonstration, the history of this British timepiece. Conceived at the time of the Second World War and developed after it, the watch remained in production until the 1970s. Owen will bring an example of the early watch.

Owen will have watches for demonstration which are for sale and a number of other items, including books that would be of interest to the discerning horologist so come prepared.

January, 2015 meeting

 


A TOUR OF THE CLOCKS OF LYME PARK HOUSE

Our own Duncan Greig will be taking us on a virtual tour of the clocks of Lyme Park where he acts as a Horological Conservator to the National Trust.

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family and, in its heyday a great sporting estate. It is now owned by the National Trust.

Boasting 46 clocks including 7 Tompion’s 2 Knibb’s and a Long Case by George Graham this promises to be a very entertaining and interesting evening.

For those who like to do their homework full details can be found by following the National Trust link on our website – www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk. Get your questionsready!!

 

5 March

Swarf on my mouse mat – John Downie

An intriguing title for what promises to be a talk to remember.

John is a retired university lecturer and a member of the Sussex Branch of the BHI with a keen interest in the practical use of computers in clockmaking.

John will be describing the research and computer modelling he did in order to help a friend build a functioning model of the famous 14th Century Salisbury Cathedral Clock.

With a desire to be able to manufacture complex items in his workshop John has built his own CNC machine using a scrapped computer controlled PCB drilling machine together with home brewed electronics and software.

Subsequently he has gone on to develop computer models of mechanical regulator clock escapements and using programs such as Algodoo and Rhino 3D and a home brewed mill has gone on to put some of them into practice.

John is not entirely computer based and enjoys working alongside other Sussex based horologists fine tuning his hand skills.

Anyone who was on the visit to the Frodshams workshop will remember how impressive the computer aided design facilities were.

Maybe John will inspire us to see how the computer can be put to good use in our own more humble workshops!!

 

November 6

AGM followed by talk by Ron Rose

With 52 years in the trade, Ron will talk about What a Clock Repairer Collects!

 

When asked about this he gave the following reply:-

‘It was often implied that I must have a marvellous collection at home. Well No, actually, as every time I brought home a clock and loved it, someone would bring in a better one for repair shortly after, and shatter the appeal of my own! So I do collect but not conventionally. My collection is “all sorts”, ingenuity, things which tell a story, one offs or things where I have yet to come across another. No Tompions, Quares or Breguets as they are much too common (what other reason could there be?).

Open any horological book and lots of these appear. My collection of bits would take a lot more searching, but they have a value —– “priceless”. I guarantee there will be something that every single person in the room, not only has never seen before, but will never see again in their lifetime! Or I’ll give you your money back!!’