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.
Finally oh finally I managed to open this clocks case. After purchasing at auction it arrived with the rear door locked and key rattling about inside. None of my spares would work and fearing the worst of possibly having to jimmy it open, I remembered the first mantel I purchased from Bexhill was an SM&Co too and had the key. To my joy it’s key worked and hey presto here are some pictures of it. A lovely SM&Co clock, in original condition. Pendulum lock is still present and the silvering on the dial is in great condition. A beautiful clock which would look fantastic in any home.
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.
Well after two years of planning and excitement myself and the better half were finally joined in matrimony and the amazing Aynhoe Park. Pictures will follow as soon as Kate Hopewell-smith our photographer gets our pics ready but as a snippet here are a few of the venue and yip you guessed it, even an RAF mantel clock made an appearance.
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.
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.