The earliest date possible for one of the mass production clocks commonly referred to as a "Smiths" is when "Smiths English Clocks Ltd" was formed. The Smith's 8 day Calotte clock made its debut at the British Industries Fair in Prior to this date calottes had been exclusively of foreign.
Smiths Westminster Chime Art Deco Mantel Clock, s Smiths English Clocks, Chiming Clock This is an early Smiths Westminster Chime mantel clock dating from the s. It's superb and in fully working order! Let's get the two slight negatives, if you can call them that, out of the way first.
The movement is that from an anchor-escapement lantern clock of about In the early days of country longcase clock making some clocks did use the old type of lantern movement, that is they were built from scratch with the lantern movement.
Check this out can be seen that this movement came from an older true lantern clock, as it once had a regular lantern dial, once had side doors, once had frets - all these removed to allow it to be used as a longcase movement. However it has retained the smiths clock dating and finials and lantern-clock bell strap, though its top finial has been removed to allow easier clearance of the case hood.
Even with this top finial removed the clock movement stands much higher than a regular longcase thirty-hour movement would, because of its high-positioned bell, and this is the reason for that deeper hood area above the dial, to allow room for the unusually high movement bell. The chapter ring however is of a distinctive style with meeting arrowheads for half-hour divisions, a style which was used in the provinces between about and about This chapter ring was probably from some long-dismantled ten-inch, single-handed clock, and just happened to be the size required for our clocksmith's purpose.
The clock it came from perhaps was signed by its original maker on a smith clock dating, or within an engraved dial centre. If our clocksmith had been capable of engraving, or willing to pay another to do it for him, he could have had his name added along its base - but, for whatever reason, he didn't.