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Chiming miniature 'Grandmother' longcase clock in an oak case.
Hinged square chromium-plated glazed bezel. Square, silvered-brass dial with circular silvered chapter ring haivng outer minute track and Roman hour numerals (I-XII).
Oak case with an integral hood with a stepped top and a moulded support around the bottom.A door at the back provides access to the movement. On the front of the trunk is an applied oak design consisting of a lozenge at the top, a long vertical section down the middle with pointed ends and a similar lozenge at the bottom. The plinth has a moulded section around the top and on the front an applied radiating sun issuing from the lower left corner. Four, stepped square wooden feet.
Beneath the dial plate another metal plate is screwed to the wooden case to which the movement is attached. The dial plate is attached by screws to the under-lying metal plate. Applied silvered-brass chapter ring with a black-painted outer circle for minutes surrounding hours I-XII. Winding holes at III/IIII, VI and VIII/IX. A chime/silent lever at III, Bued steel hour and minute hands.
Spring-driven, eight-day quarter-chiming movement with recatangular brass plates with angled top corners. Plain brass cylindrical pillars retained by hexagonal nuts at the front and screws at the back. All three trains are powered by going barrels with winding ratchets mounted on the front plate. Going train with four wheels, each with four crossings. Anchor escapement.
Quarter-chime sounding on five bronze rods mounted in a cast iron block screwed to the back of the case. The rack striking mechanism lifts three hammers simultaneously to strike the hours.
- Production date
Height: 132.50 centimetres
Width: 28.50 centimetres
Depth: 19.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 'Clockmaking in England and Wales in the Twentieth Century : the industrialized manufacture of domestic mechanical clocks' by John Glanville and William M. Wolmuth, Crowood Press , 2015 p 164
This clock uses the standard Imperial westminster chiming movement but with the escapement altered for a long pendulum.
The Imperial chiming grandmother movement was introduced in 1932. This example has a plaque dated October 1935.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Nov 2010) all the movement covered in oil.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This clock is part of the Glanville and Wolmuth Collection, a comprehensive collection of twentieth century domestic mechanical factory-made clocks made in England and Wales.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 180 (Glanville & Wolmuth Collection)