Waterbury Clocks & Watches
2nd edition, Volume 2by Tran Duy Ly
Volume 2 from pages 585 will be published in 2013.
Introduction bySamuel Licata M. D. - Hummelstown, PA
Dr. Licata is a volunteer for the NAWCC Library Research Team
Another Milestone. Volume 2, 2nd Edition of Waterbury Clocks & Watches by Tran Duy Ly will soon be published. Once again, extensive research by Tran and his staff, provides a compendium of useful information to all collectors, both novice and advanced, of the Waterbury Clock Company clocks and watches.
Perseverance. The 1st Volume on Waterbury clocks was published by Tran 24 years ago. This was followed by a 2nd Volume in 2001 which was greatly expanded, and thought to be all inclusive at that time. Most would have been content to stop there, however, over 300 pages of new information are provided in Volume 2, 2nd Edition.
Content. Many additions have been made to each of the categories listed in Volume 1, and several new categories are now included in Volume 2. For example, an entirely new section has been included in the Mantle Clocks Category titled "Polished and Enameled Wood". Many of these models have gilt engraving, and gilt or bronze, ornaments as well as polished marbleized wood in gray, green or brown colors.
If you collect Waterbury porcelain clocks this book is essential. From only four pages in Volume 1, an entirely new section in Volume 2, 2nd Edition, covering 37 pages, is included illustrating multiple examples of Waterbury's line of porcelain clocks.
Rare models such as the Register with Fahrenheit thermometer marked for blood heat and temperature on a brass scale, barbershop gallery with reversed numerals, Keating, Kelsey calendar, Hall Clocks No. 62, 63, 64 and Corbetts Watchman's clock are illustrated. A variety of Waterbury clock dials, top ornaments, side figures and candlesticks are also shown.
A new section on Jennings Brothers Clocks which used Waterbury movements, has been included.
Finally, a section on Unknown American Manufactured Jewelers Regulators, both standing and wall models, has been added. Although not produced by Waterbury, many of these examples should be of interest to collectors. Many rare examples with descriptions are depicted.
The Standard Bearer. Once again Tran Duy Ly has provided the clock collecting fraternity an opportunity to more fully knowledgeable and appreciate another important early American Clock Manufacturer. No one has contributed more to the field of Horology publishing than Tran. The publication of Volume 2, 2nd edition of Waterbury Clocks and Watches can now be added to the long list of successful publications on clocks by Tran Duy Ly. This is an outstanding book that encompasses a vast wealth of additional information on the Waterbury Clock Company as well as the added bonus of 30 pages of Unknown regulators. When combined with Volume 1, they will serve as the foremost reference source for this American manufacturer and should become an essential addition to every clock collectors' library.
Waterbury Clocks & Watches
2nd Edition, Volume 1by Tran Duy Ly
Introduction by William Mittelstadt Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Arlington Book Company and Tran Duy Ly have not been resting on their laurels, but rather have been at work updating and improving previous publications. First to arrive was the much improved and expanded SETH THOMAS book. Soon on its heels came the ANSONIA book with its encyclopedic range. It has been 11 years since the original WATERBURY book was published. Many received it as a gift by the hosts of the Denver National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors Convention. Since my original copy is well dog-eared, a new volume is welcome.
Included in the new 2001 edition of WATERBURY CLOCKS & WATCHES is 20 pages of useful information compiled by noted authority, Chris Bailey, detailing the history of the Waterbury Clock Company from its formation to its present-day successor, Timex.
Along with a greatly expanded WATERBURY book, Tran has provided a much needed price update. The new book is a cornucopia of information not shown in his original Waterbury book. Tran shares with the clock community his unique skill in presenting this information in a form that is simple to use, and informative to both the novice and seasoned collector. As in the past, this book contains information garnered from many sources including original literature and advice from renowned horological experts.
Tran's books have become the standard of the industry. A savvy buyer or seller of clocks using these books is more knowledgeable thanks to his untiring efforts in support of the hobby. With the advent of the Internet, as a means of buying and selling clocks, this type of information will become more in demand as the public tries to satisfy its appetite for a reliable source of reference. I would not place an eBay bid without consulting a thorough reference such as this.
As a long time collector, I have made use of Tran's books to help in the identification and pricing of my clocks and am indebted to him for providing the necessary information to help make a sound decision when buying or selling. Make use of this fine new WATERBURY book and its additional information and along with other associated publications by the Arlington Book Company, you will soon discover these books are a must for your horological library.
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