Sale Announcement!

KEEP AN EYE ON THE HARMON ESTATE SALE PAGE – AS THAT IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS AND INFORMATION PAGE ON THE SALE. IT WILL BE REGULARLY UPDATED WITH A LIST OF CONTENTS AND THE SALE INFORMATION, ETC.

 

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Day No.102 – But wait! There’s more…..

When I began this journey, I knew this project would take around 1/2 a year. Today I realized that 102 days have gone by – it seems time has really vanished with the dust….

Thankfully, I’ve been very fortunate to have some extra hands this week. Friends flew in from Seattle and Austin to help out in the lead up to the big sale – the dates of which will be announced in the next post! Here are some photos of our joint efforts.

Before

Before

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After

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Another makeover miracle...

Another makeover miracle…

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Day No.87 – Bibelots and more

More curious things in the basement: a large jar of saffron, used for gilding as it was done in the Middle Ages, and rocks of rosin, obtained from conifers and used for glass polishing among other applications… Dennis was certainly a renaissance man.

Here are some photos of items newly arranged.

Complete staking set by J G Hall

Complete staking set by J G Hall

 

Complete surveyors compass by W & LE Gurley

Complete surveyors compass by W & LE Gurley

 

Rocks of rosin

Rocks of rosin

 

Single printing plate for Rolls Royce car clocks

Single transfer-printing plate for vintage Rolls-Royce automobiles

 

Crystal Grinder by Swarthchilde

Crystal Grinder by Swartchild

 

Crystal grinding & polishing

Crystal grinding & polishing

 

Crystal grinding & polishing

Crystal grinding & polishing

 

Safag pinion cutter

Safag pinion cutter

 

Optical equipment, meters, laboratory lights

Optical equipment, meters, laboratory lights

 

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Micro-projector

Antique micro-projector

 

Precision ground stock

Precision ground stock

 

Woodworking tools

Woodworking tools

 

More volt meters

More volt meters

 

Collection of auction catalogues by Sotherbys, Christies, Bonhams, and Antiquorum

Collection of auction catalogues by Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, and Antiquorum

In the shop – Day No. 2

I have spent two days in the shop. What an amazing place. Everywhere I look, some treasure is hiding. Here are some photos of today’s finds.

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Patek Philippe Quartz Clock

Patek Philippe Naviquartz clock in original box with paperwork

This gem was hiding under a bunch of bubble wrap in a bag in a box under more wrapping material and other boxes under a bench. This is why one should always check EVERYTHING!

French lighthouse clocks, clockmaking, watchmaking

French Lighthouse clocks!! I am smitten with these.

These gorgeous (albeit, fragments) Lighthouse clocks were on a tray on the floor of a small cupboard. They are missing almost everything, but I am hopeful I will find the tops to their lanterns and bases somewhere in the haystack.

Banjolele!

Banjolele! A project for when this is all over.

A gum tape machine dispenser - still works too.

A gum tape machine dispenser – still works too.

But look closely at the next find…………..

Do you see it?

Do you see it?

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Ok – here is a closer look

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Now do you see it?

Yes, this original document contains the signatures of many prominent horologists, and among them is Louis Breguet.

Here are some photos of the front room, which Dennis did most of his work in.

The machining side

The machining side

Watchmaking benches - original metal handles, hardwood, and built in staking sets.

Watchmaking benches – original metal handles, hardwood, and built in staking sets.

Let's not forget the antique rounding up tool.

Let’s not forget the antique rounding up tool.

Today I accomplished my main goal of clearing out and organizing one of the smaller rooms and its contents.

The room emptied of the contents - except the small french clock hiding in the corner.

The room emptied of the contents – except the small french clock hiding in the corner.

Parts and materials from Bestfit, Longines, Sarthchild, etc.

Parts and materials from Bestfit, Longines, Swarthchild, etc.

These were all moved from the little room pictured above. Each drawer or every other is separate and has to be moved individually and restacked. They fit together with a pin system, but sometimes the pins don’t match from unit to unit. This can be troublesome when the stack gets too high!

Anyhow, I’m off to bed. It’s been a long day and there are many more to come. I can’t wait.

Old & New

I was recently offered the post of finishing the work I began on the 1765 George Pyke clock at Temple Newsam House I mentioned in a previous blog entry. You can read about it here.

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Unfortunately this old path is not the future path. It was extremely difficult to set aside my feelings of attachment to this project and the desire to finish what I started. As previously mentioned, three years of prep work, grant applications, research, and multiple visits to assess the condition went into putting the proposal together that I presented to West Dean. I owe so much to Ian Fraser, the head Conservator at Temple Newsam, for all of his hard work and support on this project.

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Dial

The reason my path has changed course is the following: I have been offered the opportunity of handling the estate of the late horologist Dennis E. Harmon. A friend of George Daniels, and a man who did everything in the old way, making his own pigments from scratch for his enameling work and grinding raw diamonds down for polishing powders. His workshop is painted with the original green paint from the (long closed) Bulova watchmaking factory. This man was one of the Greats and is missed by many. He is the best friend, tutor, and all around most amazing person I never met.

Dennis E. Harmon

Dennis E. Harmon

From what I understand, Dennis and his brother were a force to be reckoned with – traveling to auctions far and wide, buying up anything and everything horological. If the Harmon Brothers showed, you were out of luck.

His workshop includes, but is not limited to the following:

A Rose Engine

A Straight-Line Engine

Schaublin 70 + all accessories

Schaublin 102 + all accessories

Schaublin 120 + all accessories

Pantographs

Profile Projectors

Watchmakers lathes + accessories

Scientific Instruments

And everything else you might ever wish for you in your most decadent horological dreams

Here are some photos:

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In addition there are old wooden tool chests filled to the brim, bulls eye crystals, industrial benches + light fixtures + cabinets, books, and more.
 
 
I have been hired to catalogue and sell off the shop. Stay tuned for updates and a catalogue that will be uploaded on an additional page with price lists and items for sale. There will be a series of onsite sales later this year. Get in touch if you’re interested, but more information will be coming soon. I will be relocating temporarily to the East Coast to handle the estate. I aim to return to Seattle by the summer with many wonderful additions to my workshop.
 
Today is day 1 on the job. Hello New York; it’s nice to see you again.