Recently landed at my house was another stunning little pre-war China officers mess cup. Perfect for that espresso. With a lovely blue and gold guilt border to both the cup and saucer and amazingly detailed RAF crest to both again, this set was produced by George Jones and Sons and Royal Daulton.
Well 2016 was certainly a year to forget for so many reasons but here we go with 2017 and hopefully it will be a good one. The last few months I must apologise for being quiet. House moves and buying up clocks and furniture rather took over my time mixed in with a bit of work offshore.
Anyway. My New Years resolution is to progress my site and sell some stock.
One of the first things to arrive at chez Bell is this untouched and well worn 1941 movement and dial from a large dome too mantel clock. The bezel on this clock is the giveaway along with the large dial face. In rough condition this Elliott produced fusee movement will hopefully work up a treat once my clock maker has worked his magic. The dial is in great original condition and the glass, although separate from the bezel I’m sure can be rescued. If anyone has a spare case kicking about, pleeease feel free to get in touch.
Much to my wife’s dismay, not long after we moved a bit further north, the spare room has already become a dumping ground of sorts for the clocks I keep buying. In just a few weeks I’ve aquired another 4 and there’s another on its way. I think I may need help! Here we have a 1939 Elliott operations room clock, a 1936 SM&Co White dial, 1939 Elliot white dial, and 1938 Elliott small mantel clock all in original condition.
A few weeks ago I handed over the first of my 1944 Air Ministry marked lounge chairs to be reupholstered to Si at Reloved in Manchester. Reloved was amazing Si was very passionate and interested in the chairs so I immediately knew it was the place to send the chairs.
Rather than recover them in a modern version of the green vynide they came with I have opted for some cool modern material. The innards will be traditional and the same as the battered ones that were past it but the covers will be a more modern taste. I have 7 of these chairs so will be keeping a couple and selling the rest.
The chairs originally came from the Air Cadet unit at Biggin Hill Aerodrome who had been gifted them by the station when the RAF pulled out. The cadets disposed of them to make space. After removing the coverings I found the AM stamping and 1944 date . Along with their use at Biggin hill, these chairs have a fascinating history.
A recent trip to the RAF reserve collection also confirmed their use as an anti room chair in an officers mess.
More pictures of the builds will follow.
Slightly ahead of schedule I have just made airministrybybuttons.co.uk LIVE so my first few items are now up for sale. Apologies for any mistakes or difficulties that may be encountered. I am very new to all this interweb stuff so mistakes will happen aplenty I am sure. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the new site.
Follow the link http://www.airministrybybuttons.co.uk
From the fantastic Aeroclocks is this 1941 Elliot fusee white dial wall clock. The dial has been restored and the case cleaned. The movement has been serviced and keeps time fantastically well. Due to appear on my website which is going live in August I thought I would preview a few of the items I will be listing for sale.
Due to my usual trip offshore with work I haven’t been able to publish my website sadly and start selling clocks. I am however working in it on my down time and have started listing a few items for sale. I return on the 22nd and am looking to publish the site on August 6th. Listed for sale will be some 14 inch white dial clocks,a small mantel clock, a large mantel clock, some folding Air Ministry chairs, Air ministry captains chairs and a few items of RAF station wares. Fingers crossed my website building novice skills don’t shine through too badly.
Two years ago I started to collect old Air Ministry station furniture. After seeing some clocks at the home of David Farnsworth of the historic flying clothing company whilst I was collecting an RAF wash stand from him, my attention turned to RAF clocks. This interest was further expanded when I met Bob Gardner of Aeroclocks and from that day a friendship and mentorship was started. Bob was happy to pass on his knowledge for which I am eternally grateful. In May, after Bob expressed a desire to retire, I purchased the clock side of Aeroclocks and his remaining clocks. I am extremely proud to have been extended this opportunity by Bob and look forward to carrying on the Aeroclocks reputation and business. Bob will carry on to trade as Aeroclocks selling his well known book and I will shortly be publishing my website airministrybybuttons.co.uk where I will be selling RAF mantel clocks, wall clocks and Air Ministry furniture and station items. Further updates on the progress of the site will follow shortly.