Astral mantle clock

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  1. Agostinho Moniz

    Agostinho Moniz Registered User

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    Dear friends, i have an Astral mantle clock and i’ve had this clock for many years, it works beautifully. I have looked at it for many a year but thinking about I seem to know little of its history. Can you please help me know more. On the back it says Astral Coventry and there is number on it 18595. Thank you

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  2. jmclaugh

    jmclaugh Registered User

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    A very nice clock and welcome to the MB. Your clock case and movement are shown in the book Clockmaking In England & Wales in the Twentieth Century, the movement shown is numbered 12530. The original company was H Williamson Ltd which dates back to the end of the 19th C. The firm produced high quality clocks and the Astral movement was the top of their range, the Coventry factory was set up in 1910 after a fire at their previous factory in Salisbury. Williamson merged with another clock manufacturer, Grimshaw & Baxter, in 1921 to form the English Clock & Watch Manufacturers Ltd. The company was subsequently acquired by Smiths in 1932 who continued to make Astral movements including this one.

    The Astral 8 day timepiece with platform escapement was in production from 1910 to the 1950s. Until the acquisition of ECWM by Smiths the 7 jewelled platform was also made at the Coventry factory and was the first platform escapement to be mass produced in England. The reproduction mahogany caddy top case dates from the late 1920s.
     
  3. Agostinho Moniz

    Agostinho Moniz Registered User

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    Hi Jonathan, Thank you very much. I’ll try to look this book up.
     

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