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Happenings Robert C. Cheney To Lecture At The Horological Society Of New York

Happenings Robert C. Cheney To Lecture At The Horological Society Of New York

As the most complicated exchange 18th century America, clock making depended vigorously on a finely partitioned shop structure to produce domestic watches. Cabinetmakers, carvers, gilders, dial creators, painters and in any event seventeen diverse metal-working exchanges all united to capture the intensity of nouveau riche Americans to mimic fine English insides with locally produced furniture, silver, picture and clocks to fill exquisite new homes.

Movement from a Willard alarm tall clock.

Willard 8-day with casting mark of George Ainsworth.

Willard tall clock.

At the September 10, 2019, meeting of the Horological Society of New York , Robert C. Cheney will discuss the fascinating history of Simon Willard eight-day clocks. Past scholarship by Cheney has documented a generally secret, yet broad exchange Liverpool and Birmingham merchandise to supply Willard and others with the majority of the materials and components expected to fill the requirements of an arising American market. Cheney’s HSNY lecture will broaden the importance of Liverpool and Birmingham for American clock production and discuss how Willard started to recreate English approach in Boston by 1800.

18th c. New England Wheel Cutting Engine.

About Robert C. Cheney

Robert C. Cheney

Robert C. Cheney of Brimfield, Massachusetts is a third-age clockmaker and a broadly recognized expert on early American clocks. He has filled in as a conservator and consultant for almost fifty galleries including Old Sturbridge Village , Worcester Art Museum , The American Antiquarian Society , the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and has served on the Boards of the National Watch and Clock Museum , the American Clock and Watch Museum and the Willard House and Clock Museum .

Cheney is the co-writer of Clock Making in New England, 1725-1825, various articles, book surveys, and during his residency as Scholar in Residence at the Concord Museum , he composed Roxbury Movements and the English Connection, 1785-1825, for the Magazine Antiques. This postulation was horological sin when previously distributed in April 2000, yet now cited all through both the horological and decorative expressions world. Cheney has additionally lectured widely on numerous aspects of horology and scientific instruments in the United States, Canada and the U.K. Following a 35-year career of independent work and a decade as the organizer and top of the “Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments” Department at Skinner Inc. , Boston, he currently fills in as Executive Director and Curator of the Willard House and Clock Museum , in Grafton, Massachusetts. Robert Cheney is a Silver Star Fellow of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors .

About The Willard House And Clock Museum

The Willard House and Clock Museum.

The Willard House and Clock Museum in North Grafton, Massachusetts, is the birthplace and estate of Simon, Benjamin, Aaron and Ephraim Willard, most likely the most popular group of American clockmakers during the 18th and mid nineteenth century. The residence includes the solitary 18th century clock workshop actually remaining on its unique establishment in America, along with period devices and gear expected to produce the most complicated device found in early homes. The Museum displays include a wide grouping of Willard family goods and representations, the 1802 patent document for the “Patent Timepiece” or “banjo” clock, Thomas Jefferson drawings, and 87 masterpiece-level Willard clocks, timepieces and Goddard watches. The Museum will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2021.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM at The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036  

Doors open at 6:00 PM; lecture starts instantly at 7:00 PM.  Free tickets are needed to go to .

All HSNY gatherings are free and open to the public, and all lectures are video recorded.

HODINKEE is a backer of the Horological Society of New York .

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