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RAF station wall clock

RAF station wall clock

Code: C18104

SOLD

By F.W. Elliott Ltd. of Croydon.  Stores reference 21B/2119. Type III 'white dial' station wall clock with a 14" dial and 18" diameter solid oak surround and case. It has a 14"/35.5cm dial with Roman numerals and King's crown RAF crest and is fitted with a pendulum driven Elliott 7779 'Springer' movement which has distinctive 'wedge' shaped tapered front and rear plates.  This non fusee movement was intended to run for 12 days, keeping accurate time for the initial 8.  It is maker signed and has the serial number 6605.   The case is in very good overall condition with only minor knocks and blemishes.  The dial is generally good bar general scuffs, scratches/marks and it has suffered some paint loss, notably where the movement mount posts are attached as is often the case.  There is also some paint loss around the edges of the dial but this is largely hidden in use. It retains the original hands, the minute hand being slightly bent.  It would appear to have a replacement spun brass bezel, this has the wartime blackened paint finish but the closure tab is of insufficient length to reach the back of the wooden surround.  This isn't a problem in use as it will stay closed with fiction.  The bezel has a few knocks, minor distortion and some paint loss. The hinge, glazing and glass retainer ring are all good.  With original pendulum and a key.  The clock is in working condition but requires regulating (currently being undertaken).   It has servicing marks on the inner side of the lower case access door with what appear to be 1944 and 1948 dates.  A further service mark to the rear of the case is dated 1985.  A lovely display piece.  The dial could be improved but we would suggest that a damaged original dial is always preferable to a fully restored example. We would prefer this item to be collected but are willing to post worldwide entirely at the buyer's risk.   Stock code C18104.

 

By F. W. Elliott Ltd. of Croydon. Stores ref. 21B/118. 14" white painted dial in a solid oak 18" diameter case. 8-day Elliott pendulum movement, serial number 8948 (non fusee). The dial is in nice original condition with Roman numerals and King's crown RAF crest. It is totally unrestored and displays some staining/marking but virtually no paint loss or chipping. The RAF crest remains in very good condition. The hands are original to the clock and though a little mishaped remain in good order. Appears to have replacement dial screws as is usually the case. The oak surround has a lovely patina and is free from damage beyond the odd small blemish. The back box has minor damage and a couple of missing screws. It is stamped with the Air Ministry reference marks 21B/118. Both the lower and side access doors are present and complete with closure catches. The box also retains its hanging plate and corner positioning plates to allow the clock to be screwed to the wall once in the correct position. The original 'spun' brass bezel is equally good with the original hinge. The movement has the original pendulum and is maker marked. It has recently been professionally cleaned/lubricated and is running well though still requires minor regulation by adjusting the screw nut on the base of the pendulum. Over the past week it has gained approximately 4 minutes. All in all this is a lovely unmolested clock which is my opinion is of far more historical value than one with a repainted dial or refinished case. An excellent working display item.

We would prefer this item to be collected but are happy to post it worldwide entirely at the buyer's risk. Approx 10 more photographs are available on request. Stock code C17238.