On a recent trip to visit Bob Gardner I noticed sitting on a shelf this lovely Astral movement by Smiths. Produced in 1942 and stamped as such and exhibiting a lovely AM motif I couldn’t help asking if it was for sale. To my surprise it was . The movement is in non-running condition but as a tiny exhibition piece it truely is lovely.
Smiths produced clocks for the RAF after winning the contract from Elliot and SM&Co and produced clocks using the Astral movement instead of the Fusee style that the other companies had adopted. Their clocks are of far poorer quality due to the austerity of the war. Dials are of a thinker grade metal, usually tin and their cases are normally made of ply. At some point I will find such a clock to highlight the differences.
Thanks again to Bob for a great day.
Here we have an SM&Co made small mantle clock. Dated 1939 on the movement the clock retains its pendulum lock. The clock case has been painted white by the RAF for use in a hospital or medical centre on an RAF station. The clock is in stunning condition and makes a lovely alternative to the usual wooden finish of other RAF pattern clocks.
I recently purchased two more Large mantel clocks, both of which are in stunning stunning condition. The first one is an example produced by SM&Co in 1939. The movement bears the serial number 10605 followed by company signature then date and AM and crown motif.
The case is in stunning condition and the dial is still nicely silvered.
There isn’t really much more that can be said of these clocks other than Wowsers!
In a previous post I featured another large mantel clock also produced by SM&Co. The case for this one is now away being restored due to its poor condition . If it returns in the same condition as this one then I shall be extremely happy.