Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Reflection - Nell Gwynne

The two brass lantern clocks in the foreground of this photo were made by Smiths. Their model name is: Nell Gwynne, which was part of Smiths range of classic and reproduction clocks.

The left lantern clock has a mechanical eight day, seven jewel movement which was made between 1950 and 1961.

The newer lantern clock on the right has a Mark 4 battery movement (electro magnet design) - produced from 1970 to 1977.

The clock in the background is a Junghans mantle clock and the red vase is an engraved Chinese lacquer vase with pictures of dragons, which are considered a symbol of good luck.

Reference: Smiths Domestic Clocks by Barry Smith. There is a picture of a Nell Gwynne clock on the cover of this book.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Democrat Luminous

I tried searching Google for more information about this clock, but with a name like Democrat all I got back was page after page of information relating to politics. Not exactly what I was looking for.

What I do know about the clock is it's made in the Great Britain and it's styling looks remarkably similar to a Smiths alarm clock which is what drew my attention to it at a local car boot fair. After paying a grand total of 50 pence for the clock I enquired about it's past. The person I bought it from had been trying to sell it for many years after they acquired it from a house clearance.

Democrat Luminous

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Ferranti Electric Clock

The clock below is a 1930s Ferranti electric clock which I bought last weekend. It's in a pretty bad condition and is falling apart.

When/if I get it working again it will strike on the hour and half hour. I'll need to replace the wire gong which is missing.

Behind the clock is a small label with the name and address of a previous owner. I tried to look them up with no success, but I did discover the address is very close to Manchester airport and is directly below the flight path - maybe that will explain the condition of the clock :)

Ferranti Electric Clock - the clock face has become separated from the rest of the case.

Electric Clock movement - with striking hammer visible

Text on the movement reads:
'To start motor move Lever "A" in direction of arrow & release
Then set hands by knob "B"'

The clock case finish is meant to be walnut.

Would any one like to guess what I paid for the clock? Clue: it was under £5.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Smiths 8 Day Floating Balance

The Smiths clock below (circa 1960) uses an 8 day floating balance movement.

Smiths 8 Day


Double wound suspension spring (centre of photo). Just below the spring is the spring guard, and below that is the balance wheel.

Clock Model: June
Manufacturer: Smiths
Movement: Mechanical 8 Day Floating Balance
Production: 1959 to 1962

Reference: Smiths Domestic Clocks By Barrie Smith

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Smiths Alarm Clock

Since today's date is 09/09/09, it seems appropriate to have a photo of a clock showing 09:09am.

Smiths Mechanical Alarm Clock: 09:09am

Model: Clarion 2
Dates Produced: 1959 to 1964
Movement: 30 hour mechanical

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Metamec Acrylic Mantle Clock

Acrylic Metamec Mantle Clock


Kienzle W 715 quartz movement


This is another Metamec clock I picked up at a car boot sale over the weekend.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham

I finally bought the book 'Metamec The Clockmaker Derenham' by Clifford Bird from the Antiquarian Horological Society (AHI).

The Metamec factory was in East Dereham, Norfolk - giving the name to the book. The book is a hardback containing a brief history of Dereham, history of Metamec, an interview with Metamec employees, information about the clock movements, many photos, illustrations and a list of clock models. It was first published in 2003 by AHI.

A time line in the book starts in 1923 with the hire of the premises in Dereham for a new company called 'The Woodcraft Patents Company', and runs up until 1998 when the trade name Metamec was sold to Tim Loxton. The Metamec trademark was first registered in 1947, in the same year that they produced their first synchronous clock.