After buying an Elliot fusee movement on eBay some time ago from a chap near me, much to my delight he emailed me again offering me another Elliot movement. This time, although it isn’t a fusee movement it is an early example of the 7779 movement found in Type 3 dial clocks produced by Elliot in the late 40s and 50s. This example interestingly is dated 1942 and comes with a square/rectangular movement body instead of the usual tapered example in many a Type 3. Research by Bob Gardner of Aeroclocks suggests that some movements existed with square plates but a reason why is not known. This example with its early date and straight body makes this movement somewhat rarer and more interesting than the norm.
Here we have a 1941 dated Elliot White Dial wall clock. Made to the typical 14″ size of dial face and in quality oak, the clock is in original in touched condition. The RAF motif as with so many of these clocks has been removed. The original tone down finish for the period has also been removed presumably over the decades however remnants of paint to the bezel can still be seen. The movement is stamped with the usual Elliot signature and Air Ministry attributed serial number and date of 1941. The back box is also stamped 1941 and the Elliot signature can be faintly seen above this. The clock is missing its pendulum and there is a slight scratch to the glass. All in all a lovely clock as is always the way with those produced by Elliot.
Not to be outdone by my better half on the wedding favour stakes I have set my stall and plumbed for vintage items for my wedding favours. I had originally thought about packaging them up in ammo boxes but then David Farnsworth of the Historic Flying Clothing Company suggested these lovely Air Ministry marked Microphone assembly boxes. Originally containing 4 such items these lovely boxes are just the right size for my favours and are in keeping with my love of anything Air Ministry. Constructed of thick card and stapled, the now worn boxes and rusty staples look just the part. Such items and many more amazing RAF items can be found at :
On a trip up to my parents bolt hole at the furthest flung reaches of North West Scotland I came across the first military item of furniture I bought. It was a 1942 stickback chair, stamped underneath with the makers name and the 1942 date along with the monogram if GVIR that was applied to pretty much anything military during the 1920s right up to our fair queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952-3. Unlike RAF furniture that was stamped with the AM and crown logo for the Air Ministry, government furniture or that issued to the Army would be simply have the current monarchs monogram on most occasions so helping identify RAF from Army items. This is something that can be seen with RAF furniture and clocks.
The chair itself is in amazing condition and very solid. A lovely grain on the chair is visible too.
Now stuck at my parents I think it is safe to say I will never get it back. Damn my generosity!
Like buses that always seem to disappear then come along two at once, here are a couple of RAF teaspoons I stumbled upon recently. The humble teaspoon like the simple cutlery knife is incredibly rare in its lesser spotted RAF guise so seeing two in a short span of time is too good an opportunity to let pass by. Both exhibiting lovely RAF crests signifying their 1930s origins (later cutlery simply being stamped AM) these two spoons are in lovely condition for their age.