The Member Contribution Gallery
The Member Contribution Gallery, as its name suggests, is where Museum members can place special items from their personal collections for Museum visitors to enjoy. This gallery’s exhibit changes frequently, so no two visits may be the same. One thing is for sure, this gallery will feature the most uncommon pieces, such as a wooden sculpture clock constructed in 1994.
The National Watch & Clock Museum is an affiliate of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC)—a nonprofit scientific organization that has united the horological interests of thousands of members since 1943. Members hail from all points of the globe, including Australia, Germany, Japan, England, Canada, and the United States. The diversity of the membership, which includes professional clock and watchmakers, hobbyists, collectors, and historians, is evidence of the growing interest in horology.
For members skilled in designing, creating, or adorning timepieces, the NAWCC provides an outlet for these skills. Held annually at the NAWCC National Convention, the Crafts Contest includes numerous entries that demonstrate high standards of workmanship. Members can compete in 22 categories, which include specific types of movements, experimental designs, complicated movements, clock and watch cases, authentic reproductions, painted dials, gold leafing, painted case decoration, wood carving, tools, and horological novelties. Many of the timepieces in this gallery are award winners from previous Crafts Contests. Some are the work of individual members, while others reflect the collaborative efforts of several members with specific skills in dial painting, casework, or reverse painting on glass. Their efforts demonstrate the continuation of the art and science of horology.