Sunday, March 20, 2011

Vintage Smith's Electric Clocks

These are my collection of Smith's electric clocks. The first one is a bakelite (an early polymer) model which I estimate to be manufactured in the early 1950s. The second one is a more recent model made of white plastic which I estimate to be about 30-40 years old. They are still functioning very well!

A Brief History

In 1931 Smiths, then called S Smith and Sons (motor accessories) Ltd., entered the domestic clock market and formed a new company, Smiths English Clocks Ltd., as the Clock and Watch division of S Smith & Sons (Motor Accessories) Ltd. Smiths were one of the first companies to produce synchronous electric clocks. These were put on the market towards the end of 1931.

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