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catriona

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This is a RAF Officer's Mess Mantel Clock by F W Elliot. I believe it dates to around 1935. It needs a little work, but it's in great condition for its age!
 

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harold bain

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Looks like a fusee movement from your picture, Catriona. A very high quality movement. Do you have all the parts for it?
 

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Curious: "Officers mess clock"? Hmmmmm. Reckon what that means - the purpose of it. I'm certain that flat spot on my forehead'll be a little flatter when you tell me but offhand, can't quite put it together.
 

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I believe it's for telling the time in the Officers Mess... Beaut clock Catriona, should come up a treat with some tlc.
 

Mike Phelan

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Catriona
It's Elliott, BTW, not Elliot. F W Elliott were a quality English maker. It looks like there is an RAF emblem on the dial, yes? These clocks were purchased just before and during WW2, and the movements were based on the English Dial ones; they are recoil escapement, 8-day fusee.

HTH
 

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Yep a typical example, I can't see any mark but I assume the movement is marked FW Elliott who made most of these but not all. I understand they were dated and had serial numbers and were actually made from a surplus stock of mahogany wall clock back-boxes and veneered in oak to meet the War Department's specification. They are quite collectable though not as highly prized as the RAF sector dial clocks.

FW Elliott were founded in 1923 in Croydon.

An interesting site on these and other RAF clocks is below.

http://www.aeroclocks.com/
 

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Curious: "Officers mess clock"? Hmmmmm. Reckon what that means - the purpose of it. I'm certain that flat spot on my forehead'll be a little flatter when you tell me but offhand, can't quite put it together.
Officers Mess - where they eat. A two-year hitch would do wonders for you.:D
 

catriona

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Looks like a fusee movement from your picture, Catriona. A very high quality movement. Do you have all the parts for it?
I just have to find the pendulum and the glass. I found a link that showed me what it's supposed to look like, so I should be able to locate them.
 
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