Sir John Bennett, LTD. - Flea Market Find

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  1. ScotSun

    ScotSun Registered User

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    Another $20 Flea Market find of mine is this mantel clock labelled Sir John Bennett Ltd. -London

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    aside from the pendulum not being original, it seems to run well once it was put in beat...

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    ...and the Westminster chimes are very nice.

    My question is what age this may be. It has a D.R.G.M. number (1133835)...

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    ... and a 4-digit number (8671) in the lower left...

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    ...and one other small stamp... (R-A)

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    I am going to have to find a proper length pendulum as my current method for getting it to keep time is to remove the pendulum and re-bend the wire holding the wait at different lengths...

    An article I read indicated that the "Ltd" came to his company in 1889 but other than that this clock should be later than that, I have no information.
     
  2. JTD

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    Sir John Bennett was the retailer. He was an unscrupulous person, disliked by many. You can read about him on the net, for instance Wikipedia.

    The DRGM 1133835 was issued to Fichter & Hackenjos in 1929. The story of Fichter and Hackenjos is also long and complex but most of it is here on this site if you will use the search facility at the top.

    Hope this helps.

    JTD
     
  3. Uhralt

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    If you ever come to the Detroit area, you can see a part of Sir John Bennet's shop and a figural automated clock from the outside of his shop at Greenfield Village, part of the Henry Ford museum. Henry Ford bought the house with his shop when it was about to be demolished in London and had it shipped (in pieces) to the US. They re-built it from the original pieces in Greenfield Village.

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  4. ScotSun

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    Thank you very much! So this pushes the date out to after '29. I will certainly have to read about Fichter and Hackenjos.
     

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