With a focus on mechanical music boxes and automatons, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC.org) hosts the 2015 Ward Francillon Time Symposium later this month.
Slated to take place from October 22-24 in Houston, the symposium focuses on the history and development of clocks and clock-operated devices, including singing bird boxes and whistlers, disc and cylinder music boxes, musical clocks and automatons.
Lecture topics will include the history and development of musical clocks and musical machines, including string-operated phonographs and gramophones. There will also be a focus on Black Forest clocks, with a look at different types of musical Swiss and German boxes. One presenter will offer an extensive slide show on extraordinary rare musical clocks made in America in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
A host of other subjects will be covered throughout the multi-day event, including a panel discussion on what to look for when purchasing a musical mechanism. There will also be tours of two large private collections. Registration is open to the public and no NAWCC membership is required.