Stylish Art Deco mantle clock by Smiths English Clocks Ltd c1935. Attractive burr walnut and walnut veneered case with the different veneers used to enhance its Art Deco lines. Square dial with square chapter-ring surrounded by a chromed bezel holding a bevelled glass cover. Arabic numerals and angular blued-steel hands. The clock sits on four chromed bun feet. Eight-day timepiece only movement with integral winding key. Stamped "SMITHS 8 DAY" to back. The clock is 17 cm in height, 19.5 cm width and 6.5 cm in depth. Excellent timekeeper.
Smiths were known as makers of quality instruments and motor accessories when they formed Smiths English Clocks Ltd and started producing domestic clocks in 1931. They were one of the first companies to produce synchronous electric clocks towards the end of 1931. By 1947 at the British Industries Fair they were advertising as "the World's foremost Manufacturers of Precision Instruments and Clocks" - with their production including the "Sectric" range as well as all types of synchronous and mechanical clocks, timepieces, alarms, striking, chiming, wall and marine clocks, as well as master clock systems, time recorders and turret clocks, and also pocket, wristlet and stop watches. The company continued to grow, acquiring various companies including Enfield in 1949. Smiths continued innovating through the 1950s and 60s, producing several models of clocks with patents designed to improve timekeeping however, following further restructuring, Smiths ceased producing domestic clocks in 1979.
Smiths Art Deco Burr Walnut Cased 8-Day Mantle Clock c1935
This clock is in overall very good condition commensurate with age and is in excellent working order. Wear/staining to chapter-ring, otherwise dial is in very good condition with no damage. Chrome bezel in very clean condition with no pitting. Glass cover with no chips, cracks or scratches. Case is solid with no veneer losses. Very minor signs of age and use to the case. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.
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