SMITH (SMITHS) bakelite cased 8 day wall clock with 8 inch dial, 1941

This is an excellent, early example of the iconic Smiths clock. The regulator dust cover has a hand-engraved date of July 1941 and the movement housing is engraved with the War Department broad arrow, linking it directly to the war effort. The platform escapement is also hand dated 13 July 1941 so it is original to the clock. This is very unusual as platforms rarely survived for the full working life of the clock.

The clock is solidly constructed, with a robust 'jelly mould' bakelite case, steel dial and false plate, brass sight ring and knurled brass winder. It is powered by the well proven Smiths 8 day 2 inch movement 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 rear of the false plate, but their overall condition is very good. It has a Mark 1 hanging bracket and round-head machine screws securing the false plate - rare features consistent with its early date.

The painted steel dial has survived remarkably well with no signs of rust-foxing. It has aged to a soft tobacco colour and shows some slight colour variation, mainly visible as lighter streaks as seen in the last photograph. The numerals and inscriptions are very clear with no loss.

The clock is in full working order and currently keeping good time. It is supplied with instructions on setting up and regulating plus guidance on aftercare.

Visible dial diameter 8 inches (200mm); overall diameter 290mm; depth 75mm. Weight 1.6kg

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