- Museum number
Small timepiece mantle clock in drum case with yellow-painted tin.
Yellow painted tin with separate lid. Image of the Houses of Parliamemt and Clock Tower on front, image of gnat on side. Image of BUCC factory in Gravelly Hill on base.
Nickel- plated brass drum case with two small feet and ring at top. Built-in winding key on back with hand-set button in centre of key. Regulation lever on base.
Round paper dial with outer minute track and five minute markers, roman hour numerals (I-XII). Blued steel spade hour and minute hands.
'Gnat' 30hr timepiece movement. Open spring. Pin pallet escapement.
- Production date
- 1895- (? based on image of factory see curatorial comment)
Diameter: 58 millimetres (clock)
Diameter: 79 millimetres (presentation tin)
Height: 81 millimetres (clock, max)
Height: 61 millimetres (presentation tin)
Depth: 52 millimetres (clock, max)
- Curator's comments
An example of the Gnat movement and tin in which they were supplied.
This together with 2017,8031.10 illustrates development of the BUCC factory (2017,8031.11 is a later version of the tin showing the addition of the wood shop and offices to the factory). This clock was probably produced after 1895, when the wood shop and offices were built.
Rear spring cover is stamped with the same script as 2017,8031.7 , using the same punch used on 'the Dot', even though 'the Gnat' spring cover is smaller.
2017,8031.12 & 2017,8031.13 are examples of the equivalent Ansonia Clock Co. "Bees" in their tins. The Gnat improved the winding - wound from centre of spring rather than outside, which was safer for the repairer.
(Information courtesy of Peter Gosnell)
For further information on BUCC company and selected clocks see 'Clockmaking in England and Wales in the Twentieth Century', John Glanville & William Wolmuth, 2015, pp16-33."
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Mar 2018) Some rust to outer tin. Movement held in case by two screws and two feet
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number