RESTORED 1930’s STRIKING MANTLE CLOCK BY ENFIELD

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Seller: jsbls60 (752) 100%, Location: Wareham, Ships to: GB, Item: 293417210073 RESTORED 1930’s STRIKING MANTLE CLOCK BY ENFIELD The classic English Mantle Clock by the Enfield Clock Company of North London. Now long gone, taken over by Smiths Clocks in 1935 - see note belowIn the restoration of this clock the following work has been completed in January 2020 The Movement: Is the original Enfield eight day, which strikes the hours and halves on the rear Spiral Gong The Movement has been completely taken apart, ‘Ultrasound’ cleaned, rebuilt and lubricated Both Mainsprings removed, cleaned, checked, polished, refitted and lubricated. It still retains the original Pendulum The Case: Is of oak veneer which has been cleaned and polished The inside of the case resprayed matt black. A bright chromed 6” Bezel holds a convex glass which has been removed, buffed and refitted Dispatched complete with brass Winding Key and Set up notes It will be well packed. FOR UK SALE ONLY Some light marks and abrasions in accordance with age and use W = 12&1/2”. D = 5&1/2”. H = 8&1/2”. Thank you for lookingThe Enfield Clock Company (London) Ltd was formed in 1929, by Carl Schatz, J W Roles, Charles Baxter Snr and F H Chisholm at Pretoria Road, Edmonton London N18. Before the name could be used, the Enfield Cycle company had to grant permission for the use of the name. They agreed providing that the clocks were of the same high quality as their bicycles. The first machinery was shipped over from the Badische Uhrenfabrik, in Guttenbach, Germany, owned by Schatz, together with a team of 14 from Germany (10 men 4 women), to set the machines up and help with the initial manufacturing. Also shipped were a quantity of clock parts such as plates, wheels pinions etc. so that assembly could be started straight away while the assembly line came up to speed. The first clocks were sold in 1932. The company used modern assembly line techniques to manufacture and assemble their clock movements, based on the American system of automated factories. The magazine, ‘British Clock Manufacturer’ in 1933 stated that the factory consisted of batteries of automatics and Mikrons for turning and pinion cutting. The clocks were originally sold for wholesale and export only and they were also selling movements only to shops and they were casing them up themselves. The Enfield Clock Company made a great thing of the fact that the clocks were ‘British made’. Gongs were supplied by Wagner in Whitechapel, Dials from Beta Manufacturers. By 1932, they started making their own bezels and had their own chrome plating Shop. In 1933, the company was finding it difficult to compete on price so the company was sold to Smiths Industries. This led to the world famous ‘Smiths Enfield’ clocks. In 1933/4 the weekly production figures:- 1,200 striking movements 800 Westminster chime movements 200 Westminster and Whittington chime movements 2000 30 hour 3 ½" drum movements About this time every English company was finding that cash flow was very tight and many companies went bankrupt. The Enfield plant also had very tight budgets, and had to sell all the movements made each week to pay wage bills and other expenses. At the time they had a staff of 140. Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Featured Refinements: Mantle Clock

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