Bob Frishman loans historic collection to display at Horological Society of New York


For the first time in its 154 year history, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) is showcasing its inaugural loan exhibit illustrating horology’s rich history throughout the centuries.

The exhibition, titled “Highlights of the Collection of Bob Frishman”, is displaying timepieces loaned by Frishman until May.

There are more than 45 items on show dating as far back as 1784.


Mr Frishman is a Fellow of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and Chairman of the NAWCC Time Symposium Committee. Frishman also serves as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and is Founder and Owner of Bell-Time Clocks.

Highlights include a Bedside Watch Display reportedly sold at the 1851 London Crystal Palace World’s Fair, a Clockwork Telegraph Register (c.1850) used for recording incoming telegraph signals later decoded by an operator, and a “Phonometer” used in 1918 to time costly telephone calls of the era.

Bob Frishman shares the spotlight with his collection. Photo credit Ellen Wallop.
Bob Frishman.

“My hope is that visitors will find the exhibit interesting, unusual and educational,” said Mr Frishman. “It is more “Smithsonian” than “Metropolitan Museum of Art”. It’s an honor to loan HSNY its first exhibit and I invite members and visitors to consider loaning some of their own treasures for future exhibitions.”


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