G.M.T., The Story of Greenwich Also, Clocks for the King. Clocks for the People

Catalogue no: 1286
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Geoffrey Rhodes
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 12 Language(s): English Publication date: Jan. 1947
Editor: Publisher: Overseas Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith
Dimensions: 285mm x 205mm Condition: Good, a bit dog-eared
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Notes:
Pages taken from this issue of Overseas Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith. The article was written at the time the Royal Observatory was moving from Greenwich to Hurstmonceaux. The author covers the history of the Observatory at Greenwich (briefly) from its earliest days to the present (1947), from the Tompion clocks to the Quartz clock ("the last word in such instruments"). The article is illustrated with a rather random selection of antique clocks, unconnected to Greenwich, under the title, "The lifetime of Greenwich pictured in clocks by famous makers (by courtesy of M. Harris & Sons)", as follows; 1. Fusee Table clock by J.Leroux, 1710 2. Mantel clock by B.Martin, London, 1750 2. Fusee Table timepiece by G.Smith, Chester, 1773 4. Fusee Table clock by P.Grimalde, London, 1800 5. Fusee Table clock by G.Denman, London, 1820 6. Walnut Wall timepiece by F.W.Elliott, Ltd., 1947 Also, the title page of the article features an old print of the Royal Observatory. Following on immediately from the above is a second article, "Clocks for the King. Clocks for the People", author unknown. The article describes the clock in illustration 6, above, as one of 11 of the same design supplied for the Royal train that was to transport King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth on their state visit to South Africa. The article continues (briefly) on the rising rate of clock production in Great Britain, eg. 50,000 alarm clocks being produced monthly and is illustrated with four clocks and two watches by the following companies; Smith's English Clocks, Ltd. Ferranti, Ltd. Fidelity Engineering Co., Ltd. Bentima Co., Ltd. Dennison Watch Case Co., Ltd. All these clocks and watches were selected for the "Britain an Make It" Exhibition.
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Search terms: Antique Clocks, Modern Clocks, Modern Watches
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