SMITH (SMITHS) SECTRIC bakelite cased electric wall clock with 8 inch dial, ca. 1938

The design of this clock dates to the mid-1930s. It was one of the first bakelite models, and also the first to use the trademark Smiths hands, which continued in use until the late 1950s. These early electric clocks were of very solid construction, with a steel dial and separate steel false plate.

This is one of the earliest examples we have seen. There is no date of manufacture or commission, but the Serif typeface (rather than Gill Sans) and the early solid tell-tale (not the later 'pastry cutter') are characteristic of 'Smith Electric' examples made before the Sectric trademark was introduced in 1937. It is driven by the 'Deluxe' synchronous motor, introduced in 1936, with an unusual brown bakelite motor housing. This, together with the Mark 1 hanging bracket and round-head machine screws securing the false plate, are all rare features consistent with an early date. The two hand-engraved dates on the motor housing, February 1941 and October 1948, almost certainly indicate maintenance and/or repair.

The clock is generally in excellent condition, but the dial has not worn as well as the other components. It is rust-free, but the base paint has degraded causing some loss to the blackwork - in particular the logo (pictured before and after restoration). There is also evidence of an earlier attempt at cleaning on the bottom left quadrant, which has resulted in some permanent streaking. These defects have been mitigated by some light restoration and the dial looks fine behind glass and from a normal viewing distance.

 The clock runs on mains electricity and keeps perfect time because it is synchronized to the frequency of the electricity supply. Early models, such as this, have a "tell-tale" window below the number 12 to indicate that the clock is running. It is supplied in full working order with instructions and guidance on aftercare.

Visible dial diameter 8 inches (200mm); overall diameter 290mm; depth 75mm. Weight 1.9kg

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