Special to The Sun
In a world that’s often hurried and brief, the Sooner Time Collectors have nothing but time. Oklahoma chapter members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors have provided antique pieces from personal collections to display at the Edmond Library until the end of April.
Since the 1950s, Sooner Time Collectors have gathered to learn about the inner workings of clocks and to admire one-of-a-kind finds. Of interest to the community is their involvement with repairs for the Cowboy Hall of Fame clock and the UCO tower. They now have 35 members who meet monthly as a chapter of the 16,000-member NAWCC community across America and the world.
In conjunction with the library, members have organized a 58-piece collection including a wide variety of pre-World War II clocks. Clocks date from 1820 to 1950 and range from wood works to weight-driven and spring-wound to early electric.
Modern clock and watch connoisseurs may be interested to know that all featured clocks are pre-quartz usage — quartz is now commonly used for time-telling, but it did not reach widespread popularity until the 1960s.
Standout display pieces include a Hickory Dickory Dock clock, complete with a mouse that runs upward as time passes, an advertisement for Tetley Tea Company, and a Scotty dog clock with a wagging tongue pendulum. The display also features mantel clocks, grandfather clocks, a clock-and-barometer pair, and several hand-painted porcelain antiques.
One clock dates back to the 1800s, before brass was affordable and accessible, and the clock reveals a set of gears made entirely of wood. Many of the clocks are rare finds from all over the country.
“The more you learn about clocks, the better qualified you will be to buy them,” said Joanne Orr, local chapter president, though she recognizes that most people buy clocks for decorative use only. “If you want a fine example of timekeeping, however, it’s important to learn about them.”
Education is now the primary goal and mission of the NAWCC. They provide bi-monthly publications for members, as well as a plethora of tutorials and informational videos online.
The Sooner Time Collectors meet on the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m., and they often participate in lectureships and workshops. On Sept. 11-13, Oklahoma City will host a regional NAWCC meeting that will be open to the public. Visit soonertime.net for locations, event details and more information on joining the Oklahoma chapter.