- Museum number
Mahogany Cased Quarter-Chiming Mantel Clock.
Mahogany veneered plywood case of tapered hexagonal form with a flat top and angled sides to the main case onto which are applied stepped panels at the sides. Rectangular plain section ebonised base with two flat ebonised bars underneath at the ends. Hinged, chromium-plated glazed bezel. A solid door at the back.
Silvered brass dial plate with an applied silvered brass chapter-ring with an outer circle for minutes surrounding hours I-XII. Winding hols at III/IIII, VI and VIII/IX and a cime/silent lever at III. Blued-steel spade-pattern hour and minute hands.
Spring-driven, eight-day, Westminster quarter-chiming, three-train movement with recatangular brass plates angled at the top corners and with four plain brass cylindrical pillars retained by hexagonal screws at the front and screws at the back. Each of the trains has a going barrel with a winding ratchet mounted on the front plate. Going train with four wheels, each with four crossings. Anchor escapement with short pendulum.
Westminster quarter chime with a the hammer assembly mounted bhetween the plates at the borrom right - a section of the back [plate cut away to rpovide clearance. The chime hammers strike a set of five rod gongs attached to a cast-iron block screwed to the bottom of the case. The chime train releases the rack striking mechanism which operated three hammers simultaneously which strike two of the four chime rods as well as a fifth rod.
With the clock is an associated T-bar brass key.
- Production date
Height: 20.70 millimetres (case)
Width: 33 centimetres (case)
Depth: 13.50 centimetres (case)
- Curator's comments
This movement is the F.W.Elliott 'Imperial' three-train westminster chiming clock with under-slung gongs. It was first introduced in 1936, designed to fit onto narrow mantelpieces (the underhung chimes meant the case could be slimmer). The model was produced between 1936-1949.
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 p164-5
The pencil inscription 'RB 1.7.35' could well be an assembler's initials and the date of manufacture.
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (Nov 2010) The suspension spring is broken - upper pendulum rod separate
- 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: 220 (Glanville & Wolmuth Collection)