An alumnus of Cairo University with a BS in civil engineering, Cameel Halim is as an experienced investor and property manager in the northern Chicago suburb of Wilmette. Moreover, Cameel Halim oversees operations at the Halim Time and Glass Museum, which offers a variety of unique services, including timepiece restoration support, beyond its display of 1,100 vintage and rare clocks.
Timepiece restoration services at the Halim Time and Glass Museum provide individuals and families with an opportunity to restore a sentimental or valuable timepiece to working order while getting marks and accumulated grime cleaned from it. The expert clockmakers at the Halim Time and Glass Museum are capable of restoring a wide variety of timepieces, from pocket watches to full-sized clocks. However, the restoration shop does not accept wristwatch restoration projects at this time.
To reach the restoration shop directly, please call (224) 714-5611. For more general information, visit www.halimmuseum.org.
While serving as the president of CH Ventures, LLC, Cameel Halim also oversees the Halim Time and Glass Museum in Chicago (www.halimmuseum.org). It is home to stained-glass masterpieces and more than a thousand timepieces selected from the personal collection of Cameel Halim and his family. One of his recent acquisitions is a stained-glass window by renowned American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Called the Ascension, the Tiffany window is composed of thousands of individual glass pieces. It was initially installed in the Trinity Episcopal Church in Newark, Ohio, before the institution decided to close its doors after failing to raise enough funds for the preservation of the church’s deteriorating structure.
The window depicts Christ’s departure from Earth, with angels guiding Him on both sides. The Biblical event is a recurrent theme in Christian art.
Tiffany’s Ascension was saved from imminent destruction when the contractor handling the church’s demolition contacted Halim, who then bought the window immediately. According to the website of the Halim Time and Glass Museum, the window would have been sold to stained glass brokers if no one had decided to purchase it, which would likely have resulted in its being broken up into scores of smaller pieces.