SMITHS bakelite cased 8 day wall clock with 9 inch dial, dated 1948

The design of this clock dates to the mid-1940s. It was once a familiar sight in schools, hospitals, factories, stations and offices across the UK and Commonwealth.

This is one of the earliest examples we have seen, dated October 1948. It has a fully enclosed movement housing - an unnecessary feature that was phased out by 1949. The rear of the steel dial is tinned, and the hanging bracket is nickel plated (painted from 1949). The screws and fixings are also nickel plated. The clock is powered by the well proven Smiths 8 day 2 inch movement with platform escapement and will run for over a week on a full wind.

The clock has been disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and serviced and sensitively restored as required. The mottled brown bakelite case is in excellent, bright condition with a few marks but no damage. The glass is clear and unmarked. There is some slight wear to the finish on the movement housing and tarnishing to the rear of the dial but their overall condition is very good. The painted steel dial has survived remarkably well with very slight rust-foxing, visible only on close inspection. The numerals and inscriptions are very clear with no loss.

The clock is supplied in excellent overall condition and full working order with instructions on setting up and regulating plus guidance on aftercare.

Dial diameter 9 inches (230mm); overall diameter 280mm; depth 78mm. Weight 1.5kg

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