Farlam Airframes Clocks

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Historic Mechanical Clocks

Used by both the British, American and Russian military from WW2 to present day. All keep good time.

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A selection of working military Clocks

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1949 Electric Post Office wall clock

An original GPO wall clock dated 1949.
Retaining the George V1 cipher on the dial along with the letters GPO.
The rear of the clock has the text No.2 ECS ( English Clock Systems ) and the date of June 1949.

This is an electric clock and hence there is no key/wind etc.
The clock relies on a driver that sends a pulse every 30 seconds - this low voltage pulse actuates a coil that moves a lever that pushes a pawl that moves a wheel with 120 teeth on it.
Hence every hour there are 120 actuation pulses and the minute hand goes around. The hour hand is geared from the minute hand so that the hour advances in line with the minutes.

There is no tick just a click every 30 seconds.
The original ECS mechanism was not proving to be reliable so we have replaced it with a Gents of Leicester Pulsynetic robust mechanism that is in full working order.
These clocks required a large separate master clock. In this case it has been replaced by a small slave clock driver box of electronics that comes with a mains transformer. It comes with instruction sheet from the supplier.

The clock hands can be advanced ( power cut/daylight saving) using the small green button on the box.
The clock is extremely reliable and keeps extremely accurate time.
It has a hanging hook on the rear and a 2m cable to the electronics box and then a further cable to the transformer that plugs into the wall.

The transformer reduces the voltage to 12v and the power to the electronics and to the clock is low voltage and safe.
The glass, dial, wooden body and brass bezel are all original.

Price £450 including UK postage
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electric control box
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1930's Smiths Astral Bulkhead clock

A large solid brass ships bulkhead clock. with a 6 inch dial and hour, minute and second hand.

Originally a Smiths Astral mechanism with a faded dial - we have replaced the mechanism with a brand new Swiss 8 day ships clock mechanism.

The clock is now fully working - keeps great time and runs for 8 days.

We have also replaced the original faded dial with a new one. With the new mechanism we have also replaced the hands to fit.

The clock glass is thick and bevelled and of a very good quality but has two small scratches from 80 years of continuous use.

Given the amount of brass and quality of glass it is more likely to be 30's.

The rear of the case has a small blanking plate from an earlier use.

The clock is mounted on an American black walnut hardwood plaque with key slot for easy wall mounting.

6 inch dial. 11.5 cm high and weighs 3.4 kg

Total dimension 23 cm diameter walnut base

Comes with key.

Will ship to any countries.

£250 plus postage
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FW Elliot MOD Clock
An MOD wall clock with a 13 inch diameter face.

It has an excellent FW Elliot 8 day mechanical mechanism that is in good working order and keeps good time.

It is dated 1970 and has an MOD stamp and Elliot name to the rear.

There is one small chip to the edge of the plastic case.

A very nice and practical military clock.

£125 plus postage
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British Indian Army Clock

An extremely rare clock that dates from the first world war.

It is an 8 day ceramic dial clock made by the French firm Duverdrey & Bloquel for the British Army in India.

Duverdrey & Bloquel clocks had a lion mark on the rear of the mechanism from 1898 to 1928.

This clock has the lion mark - the ceramic dial has the British Military Crows Foot, an I for India and a number 792. The plates of the clock both have the number 770 stamped into them.

The dial has some damage at the very edge to the ceramic - but it does not affect the function or the aesthetics.

The beveleld glass is original and has a few long term use scratches - that when cleaned are not visible.

This was purchased from India - brought back to UK and cleaned, serviced and oiled.

The main spring is good but the platform escapement was broken and had to be repalced with a brand new jewelled swiss platform with a parst cost of £110.

Since it was put back together it has kept perfect time - for the last month.

It comes with the original key that winds and adjusts the hands.

We have sourced an inlaid original Edwardian hardwood Lancet clock case as sold by Duverdrey & Bloquel and inserted the clock into it.

The clock came with a dust cover with a pull handle - so we have retained this in the wooden case.

The clock mechanism is 10cm diameter.

The main body of the wooden case is 12cm wide x 7 cm deep and 20 cm high. The pedestal adds 2cm to all dimensions.

£350 plus shipping
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WW2 Jan 1943 Chelsea U.S. Army Message Center Clock Mk. 1

A Chelsea of Boston U.S. Army Messenger Centre clock M1 that dates to 1943.

They uniquely have the ability to adjust the time using a knurled knob on the side.

These clocks were used by U.S. Army radio operators to record the time that messages were received.

In late 43 started Chelsea switched from brass to bakelite cases for its message centre clocks to preserve precious materials and these later M2 clocks had a slightly different dial

The clock mechanism is an original Chelsea mechanism. The number on the case corresponds to Chelsea numbering and from the Chelsea records we can date this one to leaving the Chelsea Boston factory in January 1943.

The clock has a 12E mechanism with a different serial number to the case but which is also from l 1943 and also from a US Army Messenger clock M1.

The dial is an original Chelsea dial but does not have any markings or radium dots.

The brass case is intact with only light scratches.

The clock is fully working and keeps perfect time and an 8 day wind. We have just oiled it.

It has a 4 inch black dial and a new clear glass with no scratches.

The clock was designed be fitted into a wooden case that closed over it for transport- we have created a curved mount from a section of American Black Walnut and mounted it on it with two locating pins to the rear.

A very nice, working clock from WW2. Looks great on a desk or sideboard.

Shipping shown to UK and elsewhere by carrier.

£285 inc UK postage
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An original working WW2 US Navy boat clock.

This was made by Seth Thomas for the US Navy and was used on the small boats that were lowered from the larger ships. The backplate and mount were attached to the boat and the clock was issued from stores/bosun to the boat user.

The clock comprises several pieces - which are all present.

1. The swivel/anti vibration backplate.

2. The bakelite backplate with sealing ring.

3. The chromed brass plate with swivel to access wind, adjust ,set. It moves freely.

4. The clock itself in a bakelite and plexiglass mount.

In most of these clocks the backplate and especially the swivel/anti vibration mount are missing. They are all present and original.

In addition the chained retaining rod on the LHS is also correct and original. The tightening screw on the RHS is original.
The clock face is in good original condition.
The hands are missing some white paint and are showing teh green primer.

The clock glass is moulded into the clock - it has slight opacity and crazing - but it cannot be removed and replaced - so we polished it and left it in place. It is still very readable and useable.
The clock is mounted on a solid block of hardwood with a key slot to wall mount it.
It comes with a key.
The clock came to us with broken escapement - we replaced the mechanism after stripping it down and then cleaning and oiling it. The mechanism it is in full working condition keeps a weeks wind and keeps good time.

We have cleaned the bakelite case with a Bakelite polish and treated the wood.
The wooden block is just over 6 inches square.
The clock sits 5 inches out from the wood - so 6 inches out from the wall.
The clock and wood weigh 2.5 kg.

Price £370 plus postage

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WW2 Smiths EMPIRE RAF Radio Room clock

An original mechanical 8 day bulkhead clock with a Smiths Empire mechanism.

Dating to the late 30's it has an RAF Stores code and British military Board arrow painted onto the side.

The stores code is for RAF Radio equipment.

Although this is a ships bulkhead type clock it was used by the RAF and not on an RAF launch.

The clock is fully working and has been to the clocksmith for cleaning, repair and rebuilding and oiling.

It is keeping excellent time.

The clock is completely original and has the original painted black metal case and slightly faded dial.

The clock glass is also the original heavy beveled glass.

Other British military clocks with the same mechanism date from 1939.

Our assumption is that in the preparation for war all available clocks were impressed into military service and this ships type clocks was one of them.

It has a 6 inch dial and the case depth is just over 3 inches.

It has been mounted onto a turned section of black walnut wood with a slot hanger for easy wall mounting.

It will come with a key

Price £300 plus shipping

Nixie clock
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Swiss Air Force de Havilland Venom Nixie clock

An underwing panel from a Swiss Air Force de Havilland Venom aircraft.

This panel has several inspectors stamps and part numbers as well as original paint and stenciling on the front.
There is a tag that shows that the panel was removed by the Swiss Air Force from an aircraft in 1973.
The stenciling is in French and German and refers to a water separator.
The panel can be seen in situ on the underneath of the front wing in the attached picture.

The angled vent at the rear is original to the panel.

We have sourced a brand new high quality Nixie clock mechanism that is power from a supplied transformer with a uK plug.
The nixie clock has been set into the vent using two pieces of original aircraft perspex that we laser cut from a Bristol Blenheim mk V canopy.

The rear of the clock has the power inlet and two buttons to set teh functions of the clock. The clock comes supplied with instructions.
A unique aircraft piece that sits on a desk or mantel to show the time and history.

Nixie clocks are made from an electronics board and Nixie tubes where a wire glows in the atmosphere within one a current is applied They last 10 to 20 years and were widely used by the soviet union in the 50s and 60s onwards.

These are brand new IN-12 side nixie tubes.

The clock measures 33 cm x 17 cm x 10 cm. The venom panel is a trapezoid at ca. 30 cm long.

As it has a UK plug we are offering UK delivery. For delivery elsewhere you will have to source a transformer separately. Please ask us for shipping to your location.
Price £200 plus shipping

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The VFD/Churchill Tank clock

We have mounted a VFD tube clock onto a WW2 Churchill Tank electrics board. The blue glowing tube clock shows extremely accurate time, date, temperature and relative humidity in a regular cycle. It is also BST/GMT self adjusting. VFD is for Vacuum Fluorescent Display - similar to a Nixie clock. The board it is mounted on is a C.A.V. Regulator board that regulated the electricity from the engine generator to the vehicle systems. This CAV is 24V and came to us from Estonia where it was found in the area where lend lease British Infantry tanks were used by the Russians and specifically Churchills. We have stripped it down and polished it up and created a brass box to cover the clock boards and transformer.

Price on application
Luftwaffe Gust Lock Me109

This is a WW2 Luftwaffe Gust lock - used on airfields to clamp the rudder and elevators to prevent them being damaged in high winds. This is the upper part - the lower section was similar but with a large bolt that went through the join - through this and had a large butterfly nut to clamp it down.

This was found in northern France and the remains of the data plate on the side confirm it to be WW2 dated. The lower rubber/leather sections was missing so we have replaced. The red paint is completely original and where the paint was worn away we have added a Messerschmitt emblem.

Price £40 plus postage.

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Screw Driver

This is a mechanics screw driver made in aluminium. It has part numbers

Fully usable

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