RAF Dome Topped Mantel Clock, 1939

RAF Dome Topped Mantel Clock, 1939

Code: C26378

RESERVED

Approximately 42 x 32 x 17.5cm.  One of the most unusual wartime RAF clocks.  These were introduced during 1941 in response to an Air Ministry request for large mantel clocks.  Due to the shortage of raw materials these domed top clocks were normally manufactured using spare parts from other clocks made for the Air Ministry.  However, close inspection of this clock case reveals it to be a bespoke piece rather than the expected inverted backbox of a RAF fusee movement dial clock.  The Air Ministry Order (AMO) for these clocks specified an oak case so normally the solid mahogany backbox would be veneered in oak, thus hiding the lower access door (now at the top!).  This example flouts the AMO and appears to have been manufactured in solid mahogany with a side access door and large rear access door.  Decorative mouldings around the base and turned bun feet complete the transformation.  Fitted with a very high quality 1938 dated Stockall & Marple & Co. single fusee 8-day movement as found in the standard large 'flat topped' mantel clocks.  20cm/8" convex dial with engraved Roman numerals and King's crown RAF crest infilled with black wax.  Spun brass bezel with convex glass and push button release.  The case has a beautiful patina and is in very good overall condition bar a couple of hairline cracks on the top and minor blemishes (see photographs). The dove-tail jointed base has both Air Ministry and S.M. Co marks and 1938 date.  There are also marks stamped into the side access door 'HQ 10 9671 A.M.'.  At the top of the same door someone has written 'JM MAY 1943' in pencil, beneath which someone has neatly scratched 'PS Apr 48', both are assumed to be servicing dates.  The movement is signed S.M. & Co., 1938 dated and numbered.  It has clearly been fully serviced, stripped, cleaned and polished, being exceptionally clean, retaining the original fusee chain (not replaced by a modern phosphor-bronze wire) and original pendulum.  The dial and hands are also very good.  There are just four recorded examples of 1938 dated SM & Co. domed topped clocks but we know of no other bespoke solid mahogany versions.  A large imposing clock that really makes a statement in a room.  Due to the size, weight and delicate nature of clocks, collection is advisable.  That said we can ship worldwide and will pack with great care.  In good working order.  A beautiful example of an exceptionally rare clock.  Stock code C26378.