The name of Elliott has been synonymous with
quality clocks for around 150 years. In 1865 James Jones Elliot began his
apprenticeship with a London clockmaker and in
1882 established his own company, Elliott of London, a company destined to achieve
a worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of fine quality clocks with a factory in Union Road,
Croydon, and prestigious retail showroom in Hatton
Garden, London. Every Elliot clock is handmade.
1904 James Jones Elliot died and his son Frank Westcombe Elliot succeeded him,
the company name changing to F.W. Elliot in 1923. During
World War Two, Elliot produced clocks for the military and the factory was bombed
twice in 1943, affecting production. As a result, wartime clocks with dates
1943-5 tend to be rather rare.
This example is a wartime clock and is dated 1945. It
carries the royal cipher for George VI along with the factory mark for F.W.
Elliot and has the quality heavy gauge brass backplate, unlike the post war
examples which have a thinnish steel plate. Diameter of the backplate is 6½”
and the clock weighs a hefty 1.985kg.
The clock has been used for its intended purpose, on
board a ship, and is in completely unrestored condition with some verdigris
around the backplate and some fading to the numerals on the left hand side of
the dial caused by innumerable fingers brushing against the surface when setting
the hands. There is a school of thought that prefers to have antique clocks
like this – carrying all the marks of a long life. Given that it is 77 years
old, it is in remarkably good condition: The heavy brass door still fits like a
glove and there is no damage to the bevelled glass. My husband has just
serviced the movement, which is surprisingly clean, and it is ticking away
well. As you would appreciate, I am unable to guarantee accuracy of timekeeping
but there is an adjuster for you to do this yourself.
This is a good, genuine example of an Elliot ships’ clock
in GWO which would enhance anyone’s collection. We do have a little history attached
to it which we will pass on to the winning bidder. The clock will be well-wrapped and sent by signed-for mail with full insurance cover.