SMITHS mahogany cased combination perpetual calendar and wall clock, late 1960s

This is an excellent example of the type of calendar clock that would have once graced the wall of a bank or office. The dial is signed English Clock Systems – a Smiths company that supplied the commercial sector rather than domestic consumers. It would originally have had a QGEM synchronous (mains) motor, dating it to the mid to late 1960s.

The case is made of solid mahogany and mahogany plywood. It is very well constructed, even to the extent of having bevelled and mitred borders to the date windows. The true colour is hard to capture as in ambient light it appears a rich reddish-brown but under bright directed light the golden undertones become much more apparent.

The calendar date rolls are a type of plastic, protected behind a glass pane. The setting knobs are bronzed brass. The clock has an open dial with brass hour batons, each held in place by two tiny soldered pins. The batons are finished with a gold lacquer, as are the dagger hands. The original mains motor has been replaced, probably in the early 1980s, with a SMITHS quartz movement. This has been very well done with care taken to retain the original hands.

The calendar wall clock has been completely disassembled and all parts, including date rolls, cleaned as appropriate. The case has been treated with a wood restorative and then wax polished. It is in full working order and excellent overall condition with minimal signs of age and use. Although designed for wall hanging, it could also be used free-standing on a shelf or mantel.

450mm x 285mm; depth 60mm. Weight 1.83kg

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