2020 December Meeting

3rd December 2020

Tall stories and shocking tales – the stories of a few objects in a museum of electrical horology.

James Nye

James Nye will give a whistle-stop tour of the Clockworks Museum in South-East London, pausing to unravel stories that surround some of his favourite objects in the collection.

Dr James Nye is Chairman of the AHS, and the founding sponsor of The Clockworks museum in West Norwood. He has had a lifelong interest in electrical horology, and has been Secretary of the AHS Electrical Horology Group for twenty years. He is a member of the Court of the Clockmakers’ Company, and is chairman of its Collections Committee.

Meeting held on line via Zoom.

2020 November Meeting

19th November 2020

An Evening with Tommy Jobson Touring His Workshop

Tommy Jobson

For our November lecture we are delighted to welcome Tommy Jobson.

Coming from a long family tradition of clock making Tommy has horology in his blood. With a wealth of experience working in the Antiquarian horological field Tommy has worked on some of the finest clocks in the country by such eminent makers as Thomas Tompion, Joseph Knibb, and Breguet to name but three. Tommy has gained a wealth of experience working on Swiss watches having worked previously for Longines. Tommy is a member of the British Watch and Clockmakers Guild and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

Tommy will be giving us a guided tour of his workshop, tools and the sort of jobs that he is currently working on, for example the Buchanan and the David Walters clocks.

For an insight into his business activities take a look at his website

Also see his Instagram site: @tommy.jobson

Meeting held on line via Zoom.

2020 October Meeting

1st October 2020

A Tale of Two Chronometers

Gordon Hoare

For our October lecture we are delighted to welcome Gordon Hoare who will be taking us on a journey of two chronometers he now owns.

Gordon will describe repairs completed as well as the trail and ownerships of the chronometers.

Meeting held on line via Zoom.

2020 September Meeting

10 September 2020

Design and construction of a bracket clock with astronomical displays

Adrian Garner

For our September lecture Adrian Garner will take us through his four year project of designing and constructing a bracket clock showing mean time, sidereal time, the difference between solar and mean time and the period of the moon.  The clock is topped with a “Ferguson’s Paradox” tellurian.  His talk will include illustrations of some of the unusual methods needed to create this clock.

Adrian is a branch committee member and has spoken to us in the past on the topic of polishing.  He is an occasional writer for the Horological Journal and model engineering magazines, is a past chairman of the Society of Model & Experimental Engineers and, when not in the workshop, looks after our branch website.

Meeting held on line via Zoom.

2020 August Meeting

6 August 2020

“Dobson” – A clock of the sea and the land.

Justin Jay Koullapis FBHI

For our August lecture we are delighted to welcome back Justin Koullapis. Members will remember his thought-provoking talk at our July 2015 meeting on “To Restore or Not” – The Impact of Conservation on the Value of Vintage Wristwatches.”

This time Justin will be presenting a talk on the restoration and history of a friend’s long-case clock with an interesting background.

Justin has been Technical Editor of the Horological Journal since 2006 and has also written many articles for the journal, the latest being in the April issue, “Magnetic Resistant Watches” a review of the revision of the ISO 764 standard. He is also an elected Board Member of the BHI.

Justin is a co-founder of Watch Club in The Royal Arcade London specialising in buying and selling the world’s finest pre-owned watches.

Meeting held on line via Zoom.

2020 March Meeting

5th March 2020

Annual General Meeting followed by:

A Practical Demonstration of Dial Matting by Keith Davis

As usual this meeting will be a two-stage event. Firstly, there will be the AGM which will be followed by Keith Davis who will be giving us a practical demonstration of Dial Matting.

As mentioned in the newsletter sent to members last month (not on the website) our AGM will be a little different this year as we are to elect a new President.

Therefore, in addition to the normal committee member elections (with the exception of the Chairman who was elected for a two-year term last year) the position of President will also be voted on.

As we are a branch under the umbrella of BHI at Upton Hall please remember to vote at the AGM you must be a member of both our Branch and the BHI at Upton Hall.

In addition to the elections there will be the normal reports from the Chairman, Treasurer, Workshop Committee Chairman, Webmaster, and of course the opportunity for all members of the branch to raise any questions.

Keith Davies is a highly respected horologist working in the Maidstone area.

Originally apprenticed as a jewellery/silversmith he became interested in horology and later apprenticed to the late Peter Bonnett. In the 1970s, there formed a bond between these two clockmakers even though Peter’s business was compulsory purchased by road building scheme in Maidstone. Keith started working for himself many years ago extending his garage and converting this into his workshop. Keith has worked for many of the members of the trade and private customers alike.

In 1987 he partook in the clockmakers company exhibition exhibiting a fine Shelton table regulator which he had made in conjunction with his friend Mr Moon, the collaboration produced more than one unusual timepiece including a replica wall regulator by Francis Crowe of Faversham.

Keith has always been very interested in animals and if you visited it was no surprise to find the latest acquisition of a barn owl in the garden aviary.

His work is always of the highest quality and his abilities include making watch cases, detent’s, wheels pinions and finally pierced hands to name a few.

2020 February Meeting

6 February 2020

Three Restorations: Tales of 18th Century Survivals

Graham, Morse

Before retiring from Xerox in 2013, I had been fascinated by horology since I bought, on a whim at a local auction some 30 years before, a French black marble mantel clock. After repairing it, and in the process being persuaded by a local clockmaker to join the BHI Wessex Branch, I progressed from these clocks, via a brief foray into wristwatches, to the world of English watches from the 18th and early 19th centuries. I think much of the attraction of this field for me lies in the largely handmade nature of these pieces and the complexity of the trade, comprising such a multiplicity of crafts, which produced them. The nature of their manufacture frequently gives rise to the necessity to make replacement parts from the raw materials, something I sometimes find challenging but always most rewarding.

My involvement with the Wessex Branch has deepened, from initially taking over the maintenance and running of our auction database software and its general administration, to now having been Chairman since Andrew James stood down in 2017 in order to devote more time to his Clockmaker’s Company roles. (Andrew’s recent death at a tragically young age has left us all deeply saddened).

I’m also a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society, the Dorset Clocks Society and the NAWCC.

The presentation deals in some detail with the repair and restoration of three pocket watches made in the 18th century, which came to me in need of various interventions.

  • A 1762 English verge signed for James Ivory with several structural problems, which ended up being a full restoration including re-plating the cases and making a pair of the correct hands for the dial.
  • A 1788 English cylinder with a centre seconds hand, signed for John Starey, but made to the design and standards of George Graham, which was bought at an auto-jumble by its present owner, with the vendor suggesting that it would be suitable for mounting with a clip on the handlebars of a motorbike! This needed new hands as well as some other work.
  • A c.1750 English verge quarter repeater signed for Robert Higgs, which had been somewhat bodged in earlier repairs, in spectacular gold pair cases.

2020 January Meeting

2nd January 2020

A Comparison of Early Tompions.

Duncan Greig

Our first speaker this 2020 is Duncan Greig who regularly visits Lyme Park and other impressive collections working on site.

The focus of his talk will be the new marquetry longcase clock by Thomas Tompion which has recently found a home at Lyme. A bequest from a Norfolk collector, it now stands in the former State Dressing Room at Lyme, which houses forty-nine horological items. The month duration clock is unnumbered, therefore thought to predate 1682. The magnificent marquetry case, in all probability the work of Jasper Bream, with rising hood has retained much of its colour and cresting. Duncan will briefly describe other clocks at Lyme by the same maker. He wants to draw our attention to comparisons of the ‘new’ clock with one of similar appearance at Powys Castle, pointing out differences on the execution of work to the Barrels, Motion work, Pallets and maintaining power.

With further interesting illustrations of the work by this maker Duncan hopes to draw to our attention to the fact that we all make mistakes…….

2019 December Meeting

5th December 2019

A Snapshot of Frodshams in the 21st century – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

The Frodsham Team

For this year’s South London Branch “George Daniels Memorial Lecture” we are delighted to welcome “The Frodsham Team.”

Charles Frodsham & Co. are the longest continuously trading firm of chronometer manufacturers in the world and are synonymous with precision timekeeping instruments of the highest quality; watches, clocks, regulators and wristwatches.

This prestigious lecture will chart the historical path of Charles Frodsham and Co. proposing a link between notable restoration projects of recent times to the research, development and manufacture of a modern wristwatch with a focus on materials and chronometric performance. The processes required to produce the movement, case and dial components will be carefully considered and elaborated upon. 

2019 November Meeting

7th November 2019

Branch Auction 

The branch auction is one of the highlights of our calendar for many members. It is a chance to grab a bargain or make a bit of extra cash by selling those unwanted horological items.

There is always something for everyone at this event, so why not dig out those horological treasures that have been lurking under the bench or in the back of the cupboard, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much they realise.

This is a private auction and is therefore only open to members of, the BHI, BHI Branches, West Dean College or Epping Forest Horology Centre. Please bring proof of membership to enable us to issue a bidding number.

Booking in will commence at 18:30 in the Lindley Room.

Viewing will commence in the main hall at 19:00. NO LOTS WILL BE TAKEN IN AFTER 19:45 to allow time for administration and for a prompt start at 20:15.

Payments up to £100 are required to be made in cash. By prior arrangement and agreement with the Treasurer we will accept cheques for total payments over £100.

No commission is charged to buyers. Sellers only pay £1.50 per lot entered. If you wish to set a reserve, you must bid up to that price and collect your lot at the end of the evening if not sold.

We reserve the right to refuse any lots containing fluids / powders and the like that are not in secure & sealed containers.

Electrical / electronic items are sold with no guarantee as to their condition or safety. All such equipment should be checked by a suitably qualified electrician.

Full auction rules will be clearly displayed