KIRTLAND, OH --- Hundreds of clock and watch collectors from a five-state region will display and sell rare and antique timepieces at the Regional Clock and Watch Show on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lakeland Community College.
Bryan Eyring, president of local NAWCC chapter 28, says members come with hundreds of pieces and decades of experience repairing and collecting.
“We bring out our best at this annual event, giving the public a rare opportunity to view and purchase hard-to-find restored timepieces and parts, as well as get trusted advice about old or broken pieces from multiple collectors,” Eyring says.
The event includes buying and selling of pieces, hands-on educational seminars and a special feature display titled Webb C. Ball and Other Premiere Northeast Ohio Retailers. The club will explore the work of legendary Cleveland clockmaker Webb C. Ball, who invented synchronized railroad watches so trains would not collide. Members will display railroad watches, high-grade watches and clocks from the Webb C. Ball Jewelry Company and other retailers like Hubbard and Cowell.
Along with historical pieces and well thought-out collections, NAWCC members will present hands-on educational sessions.
According to Dave Lima, Chapter 28 regional chair, members spend many hours planning for the Regional Clock and Watch Show.
“We prepare by collecting, restoring and fine-tuning our collections so the public can see and hold these treasures firsthand. We also enjoy talking directly to guests about repair issues and the history behind each timepiece,” Lima says.
Chapter secretary Ginny Sims adds that the NAWCC is not just for collectors, but for historians and educators as well. She adds that the national website is an abundant information source for collectors, repairers and researchers.
“The www.nawcc.org site has a helpful question and answer section. If you’re working on a clock and not sure what type of polish or what part to use or, you’ll find a lot of answers there,” she says.
Tom Borkowski agrees, “The site also offers a virtual tour of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collector’s Museum in eastern Pennsylvania. You can see rare clocks and watches, video clips of historical pieces and get answers from experts.”
The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in the 1940's dedicated to the study and preservation of all types of timepieces, most generally, watches and clocks. What brings members together is a common interest in horology, the study of time and timepieces. For national information on the NAWCC, visit www.nawcc.org. For local chapter information, visit www.nawcc28.org. For event updates and informational posts, visit the chapter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nawcc28.