Made In England: Grandmother Clock

Discussion in 'Your Newest Clock Acquisition' started by Armando Alcaraz, Dec 3, 2019.

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  1. Armando Alcaraz

    Armando Alcaraz Registered User

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    Hello again, I recently came across this what I think is a Grandmother clock, stamped and labeled Made in England that has been sitting for over 42 years in a closet. I got it to run, ring and chime. It has 3 winder keyholes, a cylinder brass bob on a wooden dowel and no makers marks that I can find. One of the springs seem to be broken when I tried to check if it would wind. It spun in the barrel but will need to open it to be sure. I'm letting it run down to let off the over winding. It needs some TLC but would like some help in maybe finding out a maker and possible age range. I was told by the owner that it was a gift to her mother sometime in the 20's or 30's Thanks for all your help!!

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  2. Ticktocktime100

    Ticktocktime100 Registered User

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    Hi,

    It's an English clock, as you've already found out. It looks to be a Peerless product to me. Peerless is regarded as one of the better English manufacturers. They made some excellent quality movements. Your clock looks Art Deco, so the 1930's does seem like the appropriate date for it.

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  3. jmclaugh

    jmclaugh Registered User

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    It looks more 1940s to me. I had a look through the reference book Clockmaking In England & Wales In The Twentieth Century but I couldn't find that movement.

    Iirc Peerless is a German trademark used by Bauerle Uhrenfabrik.
     
  4. Steven Thornberry

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    I agree about Peerless. The back plate stamping, "Made In England," seems to compare favorably with a stamping used by Enfield between 1932 to ca. 1944. I refer to page 200, table 5.3, of Clockmaking In England & Wales In The Twentieth Century. Not certain, however.
     
  5. chimeclockfan

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    Not even close to Peerless, which was the common trademark of Mathias Bäuerle GmbH in St. Georgen, Germany. This is an Enfield Clock Company (London) clock, using a movement which was directly derived from a German BADUF pattern. Enfield was founded by Carl Schatz who was a shareholder in BADUF and made use of their proprietary movement patterns in many early Enfield clocks. Your clock was made no earlier than the early 1930's and is a fine example of its kind. I would suggest cleaning the gong rods with Slick Lube 50 or any equivalent to remove light corrosion.

    A mantel clock 'sibling' can be seen in this thread:
    Art deco enfield winchester chime.

    As referred to earlier, John Glanville's book 'Clockmaking in England and Wales in the Twentieth Century' wields further information pertaining to Enfield's origins and legacy, and is one of very few published books to document factory-made chime clocks from any company.
     
  6. jmclaugh

    jmclaugh Registered User

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    Enfield's first Westminster chiming movement, the K1, is with very minor differences the same as the Baduf equivalent and was produced from 1932-40 but it has one set of hammers. If it is Enfield which I agree is very likely it is quite possible this movement was an adaption of the K1 or maybe Baduf also made a similar one this movement was based on. As I said it isn't in the book referred to above so there appears to be no source to confirm it.
     

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