Dealers in Fine Clocks and Barometers
Working with love and precision, Ray Bates sets antique clocks ticking again--and breathes some life into an age-old craft: "I call myself a clockmaker, but in reality what I do is reanimate," says Bates matter-of-factly. "Clocks are close to living things. The way the original makers constructed them predetermines how they will act, so while they may not be a living entity, they represent the ongoing creation of their makers. It's my job to get inside the minds and hearts of the original makers, to be in communion with them, to make their works live again."
-- Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, 1995
Tony Gray Photograph
Ray Bates (right) during ceremony in London for his induction as Freeman
On the 12th April 2010, Ray was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, in London.
The Clockmakers' Company is an active City of London craft guild or "Livery Company" and was founded under a Royal Charter of King Charles I in 1631. The Clockmakers' Company is the oldest surviving Horological institution in the world. Its museum constitutes the oldest collection specifically of clocks, watches, and sundials in existence.
Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Founded 1631
The British Clockmaker
By Gina Bullard - WCAX.com
Tempus Rerum Imperator
(Time is The Commander of All Things)
Motto: The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
The British Horological Institute
Established in London in 1957, The British Clockmaker has become an American institution! Ray Bates is known internationally as a consultant, and restorer of major clock collections, public and private, throughout the USA and Canada. He appears frequently on TV, and has been featured in many magazine articles.
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