Recommended Reading: The New York Museum Of Clocks And Watches That Could Have Been

Recommended Reading: The New York Museum Of Clocks And Watches That Could Have Been

James Arthur (1842-1930) of Brooklyn, New York, was a fruitful financial specialist, horologist, and excited gatherer of timekeepers and fake watch prices When Arthur was getting ready to resign at age 81, he started contemplating how to manage his broad assortment. Arthur’s child in-law, Irving Husted Berg, persuaded him that New York University (NYU) was the best spot for his assortment to live on. Berg, the NYU clergyman, depicted designs for a horological historical center to be based on NYU’s new University Heights grounds. In 1926, Arthur and NYU conceded to terms of the gift: “to have and to hold always and to show my assortment of timekeepers and watches… subject to the accompanying specifications: First, that the assortment will be known as the James Arthur Collection of Clocks and fake watch prices Secondly, that this assortment will be kept together as a substance; Thirdly, that it be housed and shown in a stately and acceptable way.” Arthur additionally vowed to give $111,000 for the assortment’s upkeep. (Today, that would be worth about $1.4 million.)

James Arthur (1842-1930)

In 1930, Arthur kicked the bucket, and NYU got the assortment and enrichment of $111,000. The New York Times gave an account of the bequeathment, calling it “one of the biggest authentic assortments of tickers and fake watch prices in presence.” The assortment had numerous caretakers throughout the long term, including noted horologist A.L. Rawlings, creator of The Science of Clocks and fake watch prices and President of the Horological Society of New York from 1952-1953. The assortment of in excess of 1,900 sundials, hourglasses, timekeepers, fake watch prices and a horological library would surely have made for a comprehensive and mainstream New York gallery. At a certain point, NYU even employed an engineer to draw plans for a properly named “Sanctuary of Time” exhibition hall working to be constructed.

Today, there is no New York Museum of Clocks and fake watch prices Instead, a significant part of the Arthur assortment lives on at the National Clock and fake watch prices Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has a bit, and another part of the assortment was offered to the presently shut Time Museum in Rockford, Illinois. At last, a little segment of the assortment lives on at NYU, enhancing different overseer’s workplaces. How did this come to be? The clarification is intriguing and disappointing simultaneously, and is expertly clarified by Jeanne Schinto for the Maine Antique Digest in a four section series.

Parts 1 , 2 and 3 of the arrangement are accessible to peruse now at the Maine Antique Digest . Section 4 will be distributed soon.

Photographs kindness of Jeanne Schinto and the Maude Arthur Brown Family Archive.

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