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Code: CLWA060

English Smiths Astral 8 Day 12" Dial Clock



English Smiths Astral mahogany cased 8 day dial clock circa 1940s. Circular 14" case with opening brass bezel and flat glass door. White painted dial with winding square and slow / fast control with black Roman hours and hands with red centre seconds hand. Signed Smiths Astral circular brass 7 jewel movement with jewelled lever platform beneath a brass protective cap.

For most of the 20th century this clock hung in the old cricket pavilion at Cambridge University cricket ground. It was rescued before they replaced the building with the modern structure that stands there today.

Case Dimensions: Diameter - 14", Depth - 5".

Samuel Smith began trading as jeweller and watchmaker in 1851 at 149/151 Newington Causeway, London. His son (also Samuel) took over the business aged 25 in 1875 after his fathers death. By end of the 19th century they had 6 shops and four royal warrants.
Allan Gordon Smith, youngest son of Samuel jnr , then took over the running of the firm, making clocks watches and motor accessories. In the 1920s Gordon set up ABEC, the All British Escapement Company. In the 1930s Smiths took over various clockmaking companies to become largest clock producer in Britain, including:
English Clock & Watch Manufacturers Ltd taken over by Smiths in 1932
Enfield Clocks purchased by Smiths in 1933 but allowed to continue trading independently for some years. Clocks and watches stopped being manufactured in around 1979, but the company is still active.

This item has been serviced and is guaranteed for a period of 1 year from date of sale, subject to our standard Terms and Conditions of Guarantee.

Product code: CLWA060

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