Antiquitatum (UK) Ltd
Antiquitatum (UK) Ltd is located in Barnacle, United Kingdom
Rare 1933 Garrard Striking Mantle Clock of the Highest Quality.
REF: MS/288 / LA228552
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We offer a unique opportunity to become the next custodian of a rare 1933 Garrard striking mantle clock. As experts in Garrard mantle clocks, we know that Garrard only started producing striking mantle clocks in early 1933 at their Swindon, UK, works. They were determined to storm into the hugely competitive market of the day, with a strong world-class offering and a bold statement – that their new range of striking mantle clocks would be “exceptional high-quality crafted clocks”, made by highly trained craftsmen, using only the very best materials available. This statement was underpinned by considerable research undertaken by the company, into how the competition (both British and German) were designing and making their clocks. It is documented that Garrard only produced a mere c15,000 units in that first year of production, starting with the serial number S0001 stamped on the brass backplate of their fabulous 14-day movements. This clock has the serial number S2590 on its backplate, meaning of course, that this was one of the early first-year production clocks and hence, why some 85+ years on, it is rare indeed! We also know, that up until circa mid-1934, all of the cases for Garrard’s new pioneering line of striking mantle clocks were designed and handmade by world-renown British cabinetmakers Gordon Russell Ltd of Broadway, Worcestershire, using a range of timbers and techniques to produce fantastic cases to house Garrard’s new striking movements. Under Garrard’s commission, Gordon Russell produced solid wood cases, which can be witnessed not only by the weight of this clock’s solid Walnut case, but also by the thickness of its hardwood rear door. (It is noteworthy to mention here, that even the two door hinges of this amazing clock are made from heavy solid brass, both being stamped with the makers trademark, all helping to confirm and exemplify the clocks total build quality. The inside rear door also has a retailers label stuck to it; "W.S Magill" of Edgware, London, [watchmaker and jewellers], possibly from 1973, when the clock may have been serviced). Moving onto the unusual yet attractive oval shaped dial, where once again no expense was spared with Garrard’s overt pursuance of quality. The silvered brass chapter ring has embossed into its surface hand-painted black Arabic numerals and lies on a polished solid brass plate engraved “Made in England” at its base, this plate then lies on top of the case. The dial is finished with a pair of black painted Heavy Double Swell Spade hands secured by a threaded collet. Protecting the dial is a clean glass panel mounted in a polished heavy brass bezel. As mentioned above, the clock has Garrard’s fantastically reliable 14-day pendulum driven striking movement, and the movements lacquered and concentrically snailed backplate is stamped “Made in England” with the famous Garrard brand logo and two 1931 “Applied For” Patents. (Interestingly, the clocks frontplate is also lacquered and concentrically snailed, which again shows ultimate quality and Garrard's desire for attention to fine detail). The clock strikes the hours and half-hours on its original and rare gong. (The gong has a “G” [for Garrard] cast into the surface of the gongs chrome block, and these elegant blocks were only used by the company between inception in 1933 until early 1935). Sold with both the clocks original Garrard’s Patented adjustable spring-loaded chrome pendulum bob and its Garrard stamped chrome winding key. It also comes with a copy of Garrard’s original 'Instructions for setting Garrard Clocks in Beat'. This then is a hugely valuable and collectable timepiece, quite possibly one of only a very few Garrard striking mantle clocks still in existence from 1933. (In over 40 years of vintage clock dealership, we have seen very few!) A clock that promotes exquisite British quality craftmanship and engineering from yesteryear, and a clock that has stood the test of time both in age as well as mechanical reliability…It now waits its next owner!!
Antiquitatum (UK) Ltd has clarified that the Rare 1933 Garrard Striking Mantle Clock of the Highest Quality. (LA228552) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1933
Very good and commensurate with age. Recently serviced, so in fine working order. Comes with its original pendulum and winding key as mentioned in the description.
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Rare 1933 Garrard Striking Mantle Clock of the Highest Quality. is located in Barnacle, United Kingdom