After seeing this clock in an auction site I took a wild stab at it and popped an absentee bid in.  Having never seen a large mantle clock close up I didn’t quite realise what a beast they are. Well I collected it today (don’t tell the misses sssssh) and boy was I shocked.  Standing some 18 inches tall it has an amazing presence.  Erroneously called the ‘sgts mess clock’  these large bracket clocks were made to a government design that had been in existence since the 19th century.  

This clock, dated 1939 and produced by SM&Co has seen better days yet is still running and in original un fettered with condition. A light rub with a duster and some polish helped bring it back to life. Inside the rear door is an original stores sticker. 



Long day? Time to take a pew.

Recent scraping around antiques fayres, auctions and jumble sales I came across these two chairs.  Following the same pattern as earlier Captains style chairs and stickback chairs these two chairs are both good examples and still sturdy.

The stickback chair came from a barn near Canbridge. As I was collecting it as if by fate, the Vulcan on one of its last flights flew over. A real treat.  Stamped with a lovely AM and crown and the famous makers name of E Gomme of high Wycombe . Stamped with the year 1940 so a real piece of history.

The captains chair with bulbous leg detail is also stamped with the AM and crown logo and a makers name along with 38 for the year of production.

Lovely chairs that would look even better with a quick polish.


SM&Co white dial type 1 clock.

A recent little jolly with the better half to Aynhoe Park our wedding venue, led us to Abingdon to collect a clock I recently won at auction. 

Here is a 1939 dated type 1 Air Ministry stamped white dial clock.  The dial has at some point been re painted minus the RAF crest however the dial is the correct 14″ size and the movement is correctly engraved with SM&Co markings and Air Ministry crown and serial number. The number corresponds to research done by Bob Gardner for the year 1939.  The back box is also 1939 and Air Ministry stamped. There is also a lovely RAF repair label stuck to the back box movement door. All in all this is a lovely clock in running order.


1 shot or 2 sir?? Officers Mess Cup.

Who needs Costa or Starbucks. Back in the 1930s and 40s, officers in the RAF knew how to take their brew.  Here we have a tiny Bone China cup and Saucer. One of a set of six, the cups were produced by George Jones and Sons which worked out of the Crescent pottery. The company ceased trading in 1951. The saucers however were produced by Royal Doulton. One of Royal Doultons subsidiary companies was Mintons. Interestingly the George Jones and Sons Crescent pottery was situated directly behind the Minton factory in Stoke on Trent. 

The cup and saucer is in lovely condition with the gilding in excellent condition and blue still vibrant. The motifs on both cup and saucer are correct with kings crown and RAF lettering surrounded by the laurels. Dating to the 1930s these are really lovely items that would have graced an RAF stations officers mess. 


RAF Crosby-on-Eden chair.

Whilst out for a wander around what’s left of some of the old buildings of RAF Crosby-on-Eden I stumbled upon this chair hiding away in an old air raid shelter.

After a dust off and a good clean it has come up trumps and looks wonderful.  Still showing the AM markings underneath too and the stores reference code. It is a little wobbly but still more than capable of holding a chap or chapess. 

Oh and that’s Elvis the resident feline by the way.