- Museum number
Mahogany Cased Quarter Chiming Mantel Clock.
Mahogany case with round top and scroll sides. Moulded base with four brass button feet. A hinged glazed bezel at the front and a round-top door at the back with a silk lined brass fretted panel. At the front a recessed panel has a applied gilt-metal surround.
Circular silvered brass dial with an outer minute circle surrounding hours 1-12. Pierced moon-pattern blued-steel hands. Winding holes and 4-5 and 7-8 o'clock.
Spring-driven eight-day movement with rectangular brass plates with five cylindrical pillars pinned at the front and secrued by screrws at the back. Going barrel with winding ratchet mounted on the front plate. Five wheel going train, the wheels with four crossings. 13-jewel club-tooth platform lever escapement. Spiral balance spring with an index mounted on the balance cock.
Quarter chiming train driven by a going barrel with winding ratchet on the front plate, Chiming from a pin barrel mounted outside the back plate operating four hammers which play the Westminster chime on four spiral steel gongs mounted in a block on a standard screwed to the bottom of the case. A snail on the minute wheel determines the quarters, a second wheel, driven by the minute wheel carries a pin which releases the rack for hour striking. On the arbor of the chim pin barrel there are two contrate wheels which engage with a pinion mounted in a dog screwed to the wheel arbor. As the dog rotates the pinion drives whichever contrate unlocked - i.e. for chiming or striking. The rack striking mechanism for the hours strikes on a separate spiral steel gong mounted in the same standard as the chming gongs.
Also with a brass winding key with plain brass barrel and brass butterfly handle.
- Production date
Height: 30 centimetres
Width: 27 centimetres
Depth: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This clock (purchased in America) is stamped 'lever movement 13 jewels' where all others found by Glanville & Wolmuth had 11 jewels, as was common for the UK market.
A two train chiming movement (Johnston/Walford patent).
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 158-9
The platform escapement is clearly of Swiss origin and might be a replacement for the original. It is badly fitted with one retaining screw now with only a partial hole in the platform plate, the edge cut away for fitting.
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (Oct 2010)
- 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
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 196 (Glanville & Wolmuth Collection)