Here we have another RAF wash basin and stand. Not dissimilar to one I recorded in a previous post. Produced in 1932 as can be seen by the date stamp on the rear panel frame.  The rear panel is also stamped GVR for George the fifth. 

The sink has at some time been painted green on the inside.  At some point I will strip this back to return it to original condition.  The lid support bracket is also missing and the Handel to open the cabinet to the front has been removed and replaced by a non standard white knob.  I will remove and hopefully replace these items at some point.  

Still in excellent condition I will post some pictures of the restored item in the near future.



EC&W RAF Small mantel clock

And Voila, here is my latest purchase.  By sheer luck I stumbled upon this clock in an Aladins cave of clocks.  The location of which will remain hush hush for the time being.  

This clock was produced by the English Clock and Watch manufacturers Ltd.  Formed by H Williamson Ltd when it merged with Grinshaw, Baxter and JJ Elliot after FW Elliot left in 1921.  

This clock is a few mil different in size compared to the Elliot made clocks and has different hands.  The dial has a gold tint and the winged crest is heavily engraved and wax filled.

The case has a crack running up it, probably the result of sitting above a radiator or fire at some point.  It doesn’t detract from the overall condition of the clock. 

On the underside of the clock are stamped the markings EC&W (the w not quite complete) and crown and GRV letters for George the Fifth. Also stamped is the date 1927.

The movement is also marked EC&W and has the serial number 66586.

A lovely clock that illustrates the history and progression of RAF small mantle clocks in the years leading up to the domination of Elliot and SM&Co.


Time for a tidy up

Alas my hoarding of RAF items has got out of hand.  Tidying up my lockup I realised that I now have 4 type 1 white dial clocks and 3 small mantel clocks.  What is a guy to do with that many clocks?  With wedding bills mounting I think the time has come to sell some.  If anyone is interested, feel free to give me a shout.


1935 Elliot small mantel clock case.

In my hunt for anything Air Ministry I came across this mantel clock case. Although the movement was sadly not present and the rear door panel had been replaced by a hideous brass mesh (which I have removed) I thought it was still a lovely item especially as it is stamped with the AM logo and 1935 date making it less common than later Elliot mantel clocks.  1935 was the first year of RAF expansion.  Around 700 Elliot clocks were made that year which is a small amount compared with the numbers produced in the years to come. Later Elliot cases were also often unmarked. 

The case itself is in excellent condition. Although someone has at some point fitted some handles to the side and finials to the top so small holes now exist.  The dial face is also in great original condition. With the original key and lock too.  The push button to release the bezel works perfectly. A lovely case, fit for restoration with a similar movement or just as a stand alone piece. 



A few weeks ago whilst going about my merry way erecting a marquee, my phone rang. It was Ewbanks auctions down on the south coast calling about a phone bid on a clock I’d seen.  Needless to say I’d forgotten about it.  Bidding had commenced and after a few panicked bids of my own, the clock was mine.  Now all I needed to do was keep it quiet from the better half.  So sssssssh don’t tell her.  Anyway, the clock arrived yesterday. Sitting with all my other items I don’t think she has realised yet. 

For your viewing pleasure I have purchased a 1941 stamped, Elliot single fusee movement, 14″ white dial clock with RAF crest.   The clock is in original condition with a lovely yellowing dial face with some crazing and cracking to the paint and some deterioration around the usual movement feet location.  The case is in untouched condition.  The rear of the case has usual paint runs associated with the RAF redecorating but not bothering to remove the clock from the wall beforehand.  The rear has a crack to it but it just adds to the character. There isn’t a makers mark stamp on the back box although from 1941 onwards this practice was rarely done.  The bezel has been blackened in line with the tone down standard introduced in 1942.  The hinge is also a properly finished example and not an untidy example of using whatever hinge they could lay their hands on.  

This is a lovely clock in original condition that will certainly look good on any wall.