We were so excited to share the treasures in all our galleries today in our Museum Open House. Hope to see all our guests again!
Hi Sven! Welcome to the Halim Time & Glass Museum!
ETC Music warming up before caroling begins at 1pm! Stop by the museum today for free admission and tons of holiday family fun!
If you’re visiting the @halimmuseum today, peak around the corner on the 3rd floor! Look who we found making a list and checking it twice! Stop by 1560 Oak Avenue between 1-3 to take a selfie with Santa! Follow @halimmuseumevents for more exciting events! #santa #halimmuseum #evanston #downtownevanston #chicago #chicagonorthshore #chicagosuburbs #museum #family #holidayfun #community
Stop by the @halimmuseum to see our 15 foot Christmas tree decorated with the most unusual ornaments! Listen to the video and you will hear our clock tower ringing! #halimmuseum #evanston #downtownevanston #chicagonorthshore #chicagosuburbs #museum #christmasdecor #horology #steampunk #chicago #clock #holidaydecor
Our museum may be closed today, but we are still busy decorating our tree! We surely have the most original ornaments in all of Evanston! Come visit during the week to see a 15 foot tree decked in gears and dials! #halimmuseum #chicagosuburbs #chicagonorthshore #holidaydecor #familyfun #horology #time #watchesofinstagram #clock
Gearing up for a week of festive family fun! Special thanks to our adorable volunteers from Dewey Elementary School who brought delight to all our staff and visitors while they helped decorate! #halimmuseum #evanston #family #community #downtownevanston #chicagonorthshore #chicagosuburbs
Today the Halim Time & Glass Museum extends a special thanks to all Veterans who have served to protect us and keep us safe. Did you know that the Halim Time & Glass Museum features a window commissioned by the Daughters of the Revolution, a nonprofit group consisting of direct descendants of soldiers who fought for American independence? The magnificent “Spirit of the Revolution” window commemorates a great battle in the American Revolutionary War, the Battle for Harlem Heights which took place September 16th, 1776 in New York. Created by legendary stained glass designer Frederick Lamb, of J & R Lamb Studios the oldest glass company in continuous operation in the United States. General George Washington and 9000 Continental Army soldiers held high ground positions awaiting the British Army in what is now upper Manhattan. Early in the morning Knowlton's Rangers, an elite reconnaissance and espionage detachment of the Continental Army created by General Washington, baited 5000 overconfident British soldiers into pursuing them. The British soldiers followed through the woods and, eventually, exactly where General Washington had set up his 9000 Continental Army soldiers.The British quickly realized they had advanced too far from their lines and were now exposed. Washington ordered an attack and the British retreated. The Battle of Harlem Heights is now known as General George Washington's first battlefield success of the war! This spectacular window features nine different kind of glass, up to five plated layers, and extraordinary metalwork that will take your breath away. Want to see the Spirit of the Revolution Window up close? Today admission is free for all veterans and active duty service members today - just let our front desk staff know! #halimmuseum #veteransday #veterans #america #americanhistory #georgewashington #stainedglass #history
Louis Comfort Tiffany is undisputedly one of the titans of American art. But did you know there was a Tiffany designer so talented that, without him, Tiffany might not have achieved the same levels of fame? Today we celebrate the birth of Frederick Wilson, the American stained glass artist and designer so instrumental to Tiffany’s success. Born in 1858 in Dublin, Ireland, Wilson quickly progressed as an artist, working for many prominent stained glass firms such as Heaton, Butler and Bayne, Alfred Godwin and Company, and Judson Studios. Wilson likely joined Tiffany Studios in 1893 and went on to display his works at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and Paris’ Exposition Universelle, where he was awarded a gold medal. In 1897 he become Tiffany Studios’ chief window designer and, later, the first in-house designer for its Ecclesiastical Department. Tiffany and Wilson had an unusual relationship. Because of the success and skill Wilson brought, Tiffany allowed him to work out of his own studio. After his tenure at Tiffany Studios, Wilson received commissions from many notable institutions and families and today his work is displayed in major museums across the country, including in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Here is a glimpse of the Frederick Wilson masterpiece “Christ and Nicodemus” on display at The Halim Time & Glass Museum’s “Masters of Stained Glass” Exhibit. Stop by to soak up this magnificent piece in person. #halimmuseum #stainedglass #louiscomforttiffany #tiffany #american #americanart #glassart #stainedglassart
Happy #Halloween ! Have you ever heard of a skeleton clock? Skeleton clocks give the viewer a sneak peak into the inner workings of a clock’s mechanism while it operates in real time. Usually, the internal plates are punctured and incised in a symmetrical design so as to expose the gears and escapement.So, these clocks do not have a traditional “case”- indeed, often they do not have one at all! Pictured below is Skeleton Clock in the Form of Brighton Pavilion by John Smith & Sons c.1860. Brighton Pavilion was the former seaside palace built for George Prince of Wales, who would later become King George IV. John Smith & Sons were known for their distinct turret skeleton clocks and unique factory. Unlike many other factories, John Smith & Sons housed every discipline necessary to manufacture a clock from start to finish; this even included seasoning their own mahogany and casting brass parts in their own foundry! Want to own a skeleton clock of your own? Stop by the Museum Shop online or in person where the “Six Man Clock” for sale. The clock is a handcrafted kinetic sculpture that allows you to see its inner workings along with telling the time! Museum Shop Link: https://bit.ly/2ApHBWK #halimmuseum #halloween #skeleton #clock #sixmanclock #horology #britishhistory #time #happyhalloween
Today we are going to revisit a historical character we have met before. Do you recall our previous post which detailed how Chinese Emperor Qianlong lambasted the emissary of King George III? Qianlong called the English “barbarian merchants” and rejected English attempts at entering the Chinese market. Today we celebrate the coronation of King George III, England's longest-ruling monarch before Queen Victoria. In addition to his quest to expand trade, he helped deliver a victory in the Seven Years War, resisted revolutionary and Napoleonic France, and presided over the loss of the American colonies. Did you know that King George III also had an immense interest in sciences, astronomy, and horology? Want to see an astronomical clock up close? The Halim Time & Glass Museum has numerous astronomical clocks within its collection, including a superior piece made by Christopher Pinchbeck currently on display in the English Room. #halimmuseum #englishhistory #kinggeorge #horology #astronomy #astrology
What do San Francisco’s Ferry Building, Chicago’s Wrigley Building, and Evanston’s Halim Time & Glass Museum have in common? All three buildings have Edward Howard clocks displayed in their main facade. Edward Howard was born #onthisday in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1813. At the age of 16, he began a five-year apprenticeship with legendary American clockmaker, Aaron Willard Jr (nephew of Simon Willard). Howard’s company built fine regulators, clocks for banks, railroads, private residences and prominent public buildings. Edward Howard's approach to clockmaking was a hybrid of craftsmanship and precision. Howard pursued creativity and perfectionism. Some of his contributions to the clock making industry include the stem-winding mechanism which eliminated the need for a watch key and the “Howard constructive adjustment”, a high standard for pre-market testing of clocks. In 1849, Howard partnered with Aaron Dennison, this proved to be a fruitful combination, capitalizing on Howard’s skill and business savvy and Dennison’s watchmaking knowledge. Together, they launched the #Boston Watch Company. In fact, during his lifetime, Howard formed multiple companies and left a lasting impression on American clockmaking over the fifty years he conducted business. In the last half of the 19th century, Howard became synonymous #luxury , #quality , and #reliability . The Halim Time & Glass Museum features a total of four, with an E. Howard & Co Street Clock greeting our visitors on the museums front lawn. #halimmuseum #time #clock #watch #edwardhoward #americanhistory #madeinamerica #horology #boston #chicago #evanston Happy Birthday, Edward Howard!
On our third and final day celebrating the birthday of Chinese Emperor Qianlong we would like to pause and reflect on this rare and exquisite painted enamel tripod dish. Although enameling existed beforehand, it reached a level of utmost sophistication and refinement during Qianlong’s reign. This dish measures a mere 4.5 inches in diameter. These copper objects were coated in an initial layer of white or turquoise enamel and over decorated with designs of polychrome enamels. The process of enameling and then painting on enamel could indeed prove tremendously challenging. However, the emperor specifically employed the only most talented artists of metalwork and enamelling in their own Imperial Workshop. They were able to achieve extraordinary precision while, at the same time, create remarkably delicate and meticulous expressions; even in the body of just one butterfly, a range of textures and intensities are showcased ranging from bold moments of deep color to delicate and hushed hues. This piece is a masterful expression of rarified imperial craftsmanship. Although the permanent collections at the Halim Museum are focused on timepieces and American stained glass, the Halim Time & Glass Museum boasts an array of other unforgettable objets d’art. Come visit the Halim Museum to see more of Emperor Qianlong’s treasures and other treasures of the world. #imperialchina #ChineseArt #qianlong #china #halimmuseum #enamel #emperor #colors #dragon #butterfly #elephant #treasuresoftheworld #treasure #museum #asian #asianart
In your opinion, what is a status symbol? Maybe a diamond ring? A luxury car? A fine wristwatch? Continuing our celebration of Emperor Qianlong’s birthday, let's explore an object close to the emperor’s heart -- one of the greatest status symbols of the 17thC around the world - the mechanical clock. Emperors Kangki and his grandson, Qianlong, took to particularly to the western clock. A new technological marvel in Chinese society, clocks were status symbols based on their rarity, use of precious materials, and mechanical accessories, such as bells, chimes, and automata. The first clocks in China were European made. The mechanical clock was introduced by Jesuits during the Ming dynasty -- there was even a well known Jesuit, Michel Rugieri, who was the first Jesuit to engage in “clock diplomacy”! The Chinese studied these European clocks intently. Ultimately, they were able to replicate them and stylize them to their own tastes. A native clock making industry emerged in China. The Qing court began producing clocks in the Shunzhi period (1644-1661). Under Emperor Kangxi, the imperial court formed the Zimingzhongchu, or the Office of the Self-Ringing Bells, a workshop whose sole purpose was to produce new clocks as well as repairing old ones! By 1680 under the reign of Kangxi, there were 27 clock making factories operating in China. These factories lasted until the death of his grandson, the renowned Emperor Qianlong, in 1799. Come see a diverse collection of Imperial clocks in the Halim Museum’s Asian Exhibit. There are both Jesuit clocks, as well as Chinese made. It is one of the Halim Museum’s most engaging rooms featuring jewel encrusted clocks, acrobats tumbling, elephants swaying their tails as pendulums, and pearl encrusted pagodas which double in size on the hour. #HalimMuseum #history #china #chinesehistory #clock #horology #worldhistory #museum #madeinchina #17thcentury