Hurrah at last Russell my courier arrived with my latest finds. Here is the first item, a stunning 14″ white dial RAF station clock. In untouched original condition. The movement is dated 1941 and made be Elliott. The box and case are dated 1938 suggesting a marriage at some point when being repaired. The back box itself has a beautiful AM and crown stamp to the top left corner and also fantastically has retained a stores sticker applied post war and also the often seen stores reference numbers and ‘R’ symbol with correct code for a white dial clock stencilled on in white paint. All lovely original markings that add to the history of the clock. The bezel is painted in the regular black tone down finish too. This one is a keeper I think.
Yesterday I arrived home from work offshore knowing I had been a bad boy with regards to my spending. Today the fruits of my off shift antics became a reality when 3 large parcels arrived at my house. Inside each box was a solitary Small mantle clock. And here they are. This time I managed to get myself on a stunning 1927 EC&W powered clock, a 1939 Elliott and gorgeous 1936 SM&Co clock interestingly also stamped with a Royal Observer corps reference number stamped on the underside. See snaps below.
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.
I recently acquired this SM&Co small mantel clock. The poor old thing is in slightly worse for wear condition. The solve ring on the dial has completely gone and at some point red paint was applied to the dial as there are remnants in the crown etching. The movement is also grubby. The case is however in great condition so I am going to carry out my first restoration and have the clock overhauled. I will re silver the dial, clean and service the movement and re build. I will pop on some pictures soon of the restored clock. In the meantime here are some ‘before’ pictures.
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 :
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.
Typical just typical. Today I left for my next trip offshore and as Sod’s law would have it, my newest find arrived at the house. Luckily my better half took receipt of it from our very kind neighbours who had received it earlier in the day.
Here we have a 1938 dated FW Elliot small mantle clock, movement serial 4004 in un-restored condition. In excellent preservation I am told by the wife to be. The pendulum lock is still present, the dial is in good worn condition, and overall it is a lovely example.
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.
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.
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.