Large Rare Smiths Modernist Mid Century Mains Industrial/Office? Smiths Clocks and Watches Ltd. Were in operation from 1955 to 1966, and, given that the bakelite motor housing cover states'Patents Pending', I presume this dstes from the earlier part of that time. The clock measures 13.5 inches in diameter and stands around 2 inches deep.
I can find nothing on this design, but it is strikingly modern, and would suit a mid century office or home, complemented by Eames furniture, or similar. The curved surround is of anodised aluminium, typical of the fifties, with a considerably bowed glass bezel. The white hands stand out in stark contrast to the matt black background, and the effect is further enhanced by the bright red seconds hand.Teardrop markers mark the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours, the remainder being roundels, all on rectangular indices. The 12 o clock position is noted by one single rivet on the outer ring, presumably for cable entry when there is no outlet socket available.
The curved glass has a few minor scratches, the surround a few very minor losses, and the inside of the surround an unseen dent. All in all a fabulous item. The item "Large Rare Smiths Modernist Mid Century Mains Industrial/Office Wall Clock" is in sale since Tuesday, February 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Clocks\Wall Clocks\Post-1900". The seller is "ondably" and is located in Bridgwater.This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam.