Dearly Beloved Banjos

We are gathered here today for a number of important updates. It has certainly been some time since my last post. I have been working on quite a few projects in the mean time. One being the launch of my colleague David’s new website: Lindow Machine Works. Check it out if you get a chance – his many talents and broad range of work are finally showcased. If you want to know more about his Lindow Rose Engine – there’s an easy to navigate Menu of his products (thank you again to Alexandre David for the amazing photograph of the Lindow Machine). If you are interested in his gorgeous custom clocks – there’s an incredible number of photographs showing the many movement styles he offers, dials, and finished cases in his Movement Gallery.

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David and I also presented a paper in Montreal at the American Institute of Conservation for Historic and Artistic Works 44th Conference on Guilloche work in conservation. The paper will soon be available through the post prints journal through the AIC.

Here’s an excerpt to peek your interest:

“The rose engine lathe is used in a broad scope of work that varies from decorative ivories to pottery, clocks, watches, and snuff boxes as well as glass molds, the printing of stamps, stock certificates, and plastic injection moldings. It stands as an enigma to all but a small group of artisans that use these machines. Despite the broad range of use, the techniques employed by these machines are seldom explained in books and publications. Often, the use of the rose engine in the creation of an object is not mentioned, even in instances where the machine was used to decorate the entire piece. In conservation a working knowledge of how an object was made is not only useful, but may be as crucial as knowing the materials with which it was made. With little scholarly work on the subject we endeavor here to scratch the surface and give a brief account of both the machine’s history and how it was used in the hope that it will foster further study. To this end we conducted a literature review, produced a catalogue of sixty common patterns, and prepared and treated twenty-eight metal samples. The samples consist of composition 353 brass, nickel silver, and fine silver. Using common non-conservation based treatment methods we aim to show how patterns become distorted and demonstrate the effects of oxidation on the reflective surfaces that give guilloche its characteristic flash. It is our hope that this will spur discussion about how to treat these highly reflective surfaces, as the characteristic flash of guilloche is arguably its most important tangible property.”

In addition to working on this paper with David, I have partnered with Al Collins on another project in the works. I’ll give you a sneak peek….maybe you can guess what it is?..

Coloring book!

In another effort to bestow upon me an appreciation for American horology David took me to see a fascinating private collection of clocks. This gentleman has spent years collecting and rescuing American Banjo clocks. The incredible breadth of information he has compiled must make him the leading scholar on this particular branch of American horology. And now without further ado… perhaps the most elaborate and extensive collection of American Banjo clocks…..well almost – there is another thing I must tell you about first –

I have to say I have been lucky to see some beautiful American pieces up close – such as a Howard Company regulator (photos of such to come soon) and this amazing American screw clock and patent model that will soon be sold by Jonathan Snellenburg at Bonhams auction house. I am absolutely smitten with that patent model. I mean – GOSH! – just think about cutting that worm with such precision over such a length when it was made! WHAT?! HOW?!

 

And now! More Banjo clocks than you ever thought you’d see in one place. You’re welcome. 

bmighty

 

And last, but not least – the most important Banjo of all….

Banjo Edison Bloom – aka little ink spot.

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The Oakville Pin Shop Harmon Estate Sale Part 2 – Aug. 2. 2014

Harmon Estate Sale Part 2 Update! Dates announced!

This sale is in a 7,000 sq foot space and is brimming with antiques and treasures collected by the Harmon family over three generations! Here are a few snap shots of some things you’ll find there:

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The Harmon Estate Sale Part 2 will be held at The Old Pin Shop on Route 73 in Oakville, CT during the following dates and times:

Saturday, August 9         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 10         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13   12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14      12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 16       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 17         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 20   12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 21      12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 23       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 24         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27   12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 28      12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 30       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 31         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, September 1    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more updates on the sale click here.

Day No.140 – The last month

Those of you who filled out the question form on the Harmon Estate Sale page, your questions have been answered and posted there.

Hello all! This has been quite a journey. The sale is coming up so soon – just a month away now! I think back to when I started this project and it seemed like it could last forever. It’s amazing that it’s almost through. I do hope meet many of you at the sale. Everything in the shop has to go! The sale is over a five-day period with the contents discounted each day. Readers are welcome to use the comment section below to post inquiries about sharing transportation or accommodation.

This collection is unbelievable – seeing it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s been some time since I have posted shop photos – so for your viewing pleasure:

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Another epic demagnetizer from Bulova

Another epic demagnetizer from Bulova

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The book selection is now organized and priced. We’ve got some rare and amazing things. Books on automata, Patek Philippe, books by Daniels, service manuals for machines and watches, parts catalogues,  literature on tool manufactories and woodworking tool catalogues, and more….

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We have a huge selection of gem quality raw sapphire – sold in varying sized bottles. The diamond lap table that is itself a standard is really something too. It comes with extra diamond wheels in a wood cabinet. We also have a large selection of lapping accessories.

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