Glass Bell striking Ships strike clock, London


We are pleased to offer this exceptional and rare 1980s skeletonised glass bell striking table clock by Mappin and Webb, London.

The beautifully engineered eight-day two train movement has  bell-shaped brass plates in excess of 3mm thick, with the platform lever escapement visible from all sides. The platform is regulated by sprung bimetallic balance. This is not a mass-produced movement that has been adapted; it has been purpose-made as a standalone production for this clock.

The twin hammers strike a ‘ship’s bell’ sequence, most unusually sounding directly onto the heavy glass bell-shaped domed cover. The strike of leather on glass gives a lovely mellow tone.

The ships bell sequence increases by one strike every half hour, from one til eight strikes, marking the build of a standard four-hour watch. The sequence starts again at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock. The strike snail is a 24-hour count, to include a modification for the Dog watch (in marine or naval terminology, the dog watch is the work shift between 1600 and 2000 (4 p.m. and 8 p.m.). It is split into two, first and last dog watches, each increasing by one strike per half hour, from one to four strikes. Wikipedia has an excellent description.

The backplate is stamped MAPPIN & WEBB LTD, LONDON over Serial No.069.

Silvered Roman numeral chapter ring with Arabic five minutes within the outer track and pierced blue steel trefoil hands.

The clock is mounted on a circular brass ropetwist edged moulded mahogany base, the brass plate inscribed Maritime England, 1982.

27cm (11.75ins approx.) high.

Ref: Ships

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