Type 2, Smiths Coventry Astral, 1942 dated Air Ministry stamped 8-day, lever escapement movement. 14" dial with approximately 17" diameter 'ebonised' mahogany surround. The dial is generally very good, completely unrestored and original. It has some scratches, small chips, grime and minor paint loss around the edges near some of the screw holes but this does not detract. Very minor associated corrosion is visible at some of these points and also around the winding hole. As usual the dial attachment screws are probably not original. The clock retains an original black painted spun bezel and has the glass retainer ring in place on the inside (these often seem to fall out and are replaced with plaster type material). The wooden surround has also been darkened using shellac giving an ebonised look. This shows wear but has a very pleasing patina. The back is double stamped 'Smith 1942' and also with the 'GVI' cypher. The movement itself is in very good clean condition, the rear plate with clearly stamped 'Astral', 'A.M.', King's crown and 1942 date. Being a non-fusee movement, this clock has the advantage of being less temperamental than the pendulum driven Type 1 and will run without being hung exactly straight on the wall. The dials on Type 2 clocks are normally 'tinned' which gives some protection from corrosion and explains why many are in better condition than their predecessors. This example is particularly good though there is some surface rust on the back of the dial. We prefer to have clocks with totally original dials even if this means some dirt, rust and paint loss. A rare opportunity to own one of the classic clocks as used in the WW2 Operations Rooms of RAF stations. Additional photographs available on request. A very attractive rare clock. Stock code C22995.
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