- Museum number
Timepiece mantel clock with round convex silvered dial, plated bezel in a carved oak Napoleon hat style case.
Platform with lever escapement.
Integral winding key
Brass cover to back of drum movement.
- Production date
Height: 152 millimetres
Width: 305 millimetres
Depth: 86 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This clock has a Smiths Model A 8-day movement, which was reviewd in' the Watch and Clock Maker' in January 1935, where it is described as an 'Excellent Drum Movement with Ingenious Case Fitting'. This example has a traditional great wheel, but clock 2012,8028.14, which has the same type of movement, has the great wheel teeth cut directly into the side wall of the spring barrel).
This clock is not only inscribed ABEC on the platform, but also stamped ABEC on the back plate. Smiths built a new factory on the Great North Rd to make ABEC escapements, and also domestic lever timepiece movements. This is the same model that was made by Smiths, (examples stamped Smiths Clocks are known), it may have also been being made under the ABEC name.
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 238-9
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (Sep 2016)
- 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: 139 (Glanville & Wolmuth Collection)