Current issue of Antiquarian Horology

Volume 39, Issue 3, September 2018

The front cover shows the winding barrel click work of the turret clock of Wells cathedral. The clock is one of the three ancient English turret clocks discussed and compared in this issue by Keith Scobie-Youngs.

This issue contains the following articles:

Salisbury, Wells and Rye –  the great clocks revisited
by Keith Scobie-Youngs (pages 327-341)
Summary: There has been scholarly argument over the age of the three large wrought iron clocks of Salisbury and Wells cathedrals and St Mary’s church at Rye for many decades. At whatever date the clocks were made, the author argues there is a persuasive body of evidence to support the proposition that all three clocks were by the same hand. This article is derived from the material presented by the author in the AHS London Lecture Series, as reported in Antiquarian Horology June 2014. (Read this article here)

The universe on the table. The Buschman Renaissance clock of the National Maritime Museum
by Víctor Pérez Álvare (pages 342-360)
Summary: The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich holds in its collections a Renaissance clock with astronomical complications made in Augsburg at the end of the sixteenth century. Beside the clock, the museum library holds its anonymous instruction booklet printed in Geneva in 1704. The clock is signed by Buschman, a prominent Augsburg maker, and is said to have belonged to John Casimir Vasa, king of Poland in the seventeenth century. This article discusses the authorship of the clock by comparing it with a twin clock from the same period signed by another maker. Whether it did indeed once belong to the Polish king is queried, with reference to his post mortem goods sale. This article uses written sources as well as the evidence from the clock itself, which was taken apart recently to study its history.

The story behind the Geneva Clock Company, their trademark JTC and their miniature Swiss carriage clocks
by Thomas R. Wotruba (pages 361-367)
The name Geneva Clock Company and its associated trademark JTC occurred on many miniature carriage clocks of high quality and attractive design during the 1880s to the 1930s. These were of Swiss manufacture but many were destined for export to England and other countries. This article brings together information from many sources to help expand our understanding and appreciation of this company, its history, and its operation.

Usher & Cole workbooks
by Terence Camerer Cuss (pages 368-374)
This article describes the surviving workbooks of the manufacturing firm of Usher and Cole of London, acquired by the author’s family with the purchase of the company in 1958. The workbooks are now presented to the Clockmakers’ Company Library, and this note marks the gift by briefly summarising this most interesting and important horological archive.

The history of Josiah Emery’s lever escapement gold watch No. 929
by Søren Andersen & Poul Darnell (pages 375-379)
Josiah Emery (1731–1794) made more than thirty lever escapement watches. This article traces the history of No. 929, which is preserved in the Steno Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. It was bought directly from the maker by the Danish Count Knuth, and was used by the Danish astronomers Thomas Bugge and Heinrich Christian Schumacher. It was modified by the watchmaker Heinrich Johann Kessels.

Museum profile: ‘The Museum of Horology and Mechanical Music in Oberhofen, Switzerland’
by Fortunat Müller-Maerki (pages 380-387)

Picture Gallery: by Peter Gosnell (pages 388-393)

The issue totals 144 pages and is illustrated mainly in colour, and is completed by the regular sections Horological News, Book Reviews, AHS Programme and Calendar, AHS News, Letters to the Editor and Further Reading.