Enfield Boardroom Clock. 1930’s (I think.)

I have researched this Enfield Boardroom Clock extensively and have not been able to come up with very much information on it.

Enfield Boardroom Clock.

Enfield Boardroom Clock.

Enfield was purchased by Smiths; this is well documented. boardroommovementHowever, I have never been able to find out exactly when the name ‘Enfield’ stopped appearing on clocks and ‘Smith Enfield’ was used.

I have not seen another like it. If anyone reading this can enlighten me further I would appreciate the input. I have done very little to this clock other than strip down the movement and clean it.

The clock has a couple of unusual features; the top of the clock slides off like a hood and exposes the entire movement for maintenance and adjustment (very cool!). The weights, pendulum and chains are all chrome plated. This is very unusual for tall-case clocks such as this, even in the ‘art deco’ period. I have only seen chrome on wall clocks and some mantel clocks.

Of fascinating note, thanks to one of our readers, Brian, we have images of the manual for this clock.

Download the PDF version.

 

 

17 responses to “Enfield Boardroom Clock. 1930’s (I think.)

  1. I just brought home my wife’s grandfather’s clock and was looking into them online and ran into this. It’s also “Enfield”. The case is facier, but the clock hands are the same. It’s face is roman numerals and there is a painted bit at the top.

    Anyway, I doubt this helps you, but if it does, I’ll upload a picture.

    • Thanks for your comment,
      Yes, please upload a photo, I have been looking for other examples on Enfield grandfather clocks, they appear to be quite rare. I will look forward to seeing your example….Thanks again!

  2. Jacqui Chambers

    My mum has an Endfield Grandfather Clock, they bought it when they got married in 1939. I could try and send you a photo of it if you are interested. It is very similar to the boardroom clock.

  3. Brian Chamberlain

    I have a clock with identical works to the one you displayed, just the case is different. It is very plain but round at the top. I am also looking for more info. That is when I came across this page. I still have the instruction leaflet but the only thing I can find on it about the clock is the address of the manufacturer as follows. SMITHS ENGLISH CLOCKS LTD. SECTRIC HOUSE, N.W.2. ENGLAND. (No dates)
    I am in South Africa, so I don’t even know if this place still exists. I will be interested in learning more about it.

    • I too had trouble finding info on these clocks. One good thing is that they are quite rare. I have only found one other clock such as this in several years. All the info I have is on my blog. Check my other listings for Enfield mantle clocks. I would be interested in seeing your instruction manual. Is there any possibility of you scanning me a copy?

  4. Dr Ivor Teitelbaum

    I too inherited this same clock from my late father. I brought it from South Africa to Toronto.It has not worked for over 50 years. Today a clock maker came over and got it to work however the piece at the top of the mechanism attaching the pendulum to the clock is broken and therefore the pendulum does not work. I would be looking for that very small piece with the sprung steel. Would you know where I could get it and also would you know the approximate value of the clock. Thank you and I look forward to a response

  5. Hi
    My father inherited one from my grandfather, was looking for some info and came across your post, Brian Chamberlain’s description matches our clock, dark wood stand, plain and rounded at the top, we had it in for repairs twice but something is just not right, the pendulum stops swinging after a while and it feels as if there are tension on the minute hand when this happens and the melody of the clock is all wrong. If you have any idea what could be causing this please let me know.

  6. Hi There,
    I just yesterday inherited my Great, Great Grandfather’s Grandfather Clock. Yours is the only photo that looks even remotely like it. I also have the original instruction manual. Why didn’t they put dates on it? So annoying.
    This clock works perfectly, only had one piece replaced, and it was just a tiny piece in the clock mechanism. It’s gone through the famous 1974 Brisbane floods and lives to tell the tale.

    He said that he thought it was 1950s, but its so hard to know. He believes my Great Great Grandfather aquired it in the early 50s anyhow.

    Would you like some pictures? if so where do I send them?

  7. Brian Chamberlain

    In response to Eben Banade’s problem it is difficult to analyze the problem without seeing it. However I would suggest trying the following if you have not already done so.

    Make sure that the clock is on a level firm surface. My clock would not run for long periods either until I discovered it was because it was on a wooden suspended floor and the movement of people walking past it upset the rhythm. The other thing to check is to make sure that the correct weights are on the correct chains as per the pdf file on the manual posted above. Finally it is important to get an even “Tick Tock” sound when the clock is going. To set this you will need to turn the knob 8 shown in the manual left or right slightly until you achieve this. If your clock was repaired correctly the sound should correct itself after a few hours.

    Good luck.

  8. Interesting to see the link of a number of these clocks to South Africa. I too have inherited a very similar clock – as I already have a grandfather clock and the costs of shipping this clock can easily reach into the thousands of dollars, I am looking to sell it. Does anyone know of a market for these clocks?

    Many thanks

  9. Here is the Enfield history as I received it from Barrie at the clock-museum.co.uk:

    The Enfield Clock Company.
    The early history of the Enfield Clock Co was very competently documented in an article in Clocks Magazine dated March 1980 by the late Rita Shenton, a clock historian of distinction. In summary,
    “The company was formed in 1929 to manufacture clocks in the manner of the German factories. C Schatz, the main force behind the company obtained suitable premises and brought in machinery and a core of workers from Germany. The first movements were shown and sold to the trade in Feb 1932 but towards the end of 1933 it became apparent the amalgamation or outright sale of the company was inevitable due to the low prices at which competing German products were available.

    Smiths bought out the shareholders in 1933, but allowed the directors to remain and the company continued production from its premises at Pretoria Road Edmonton.”
    The purchase enabled Smiths to offer a full range of hand wound striking and chiming clocks in their product line with models similar but not identical to those in the Enfield catalogue.
    Enfield continued to use their original name and trademark until after the war and to the general public they appeared as a competitor of Smiths.
    Enfield developed new lines including a well liked “Royal” range and were well established when the war started. In 1940 most of the workers and foremen were interned, as they were German. During the war Enfield continued to make some clocks but most production was for the war effort.

    In the mid 40’s the Smiths group, never one to let things slide, reviewed their position and decided to close down the Edmonton factory, make the successful two-inch Enfield movement at Cricklewood and move the production of other Enfield movements to a factory in Wales.
    By 1949 Smiths had built a new factory at Ystradgynlais in Wales and in early 1949 production of Enfield “strikes” was moved from the Enfield factory at Edmonton.
    The “chimes” production was moved in 1953, and the Enfield works at Edmonton closed. The factory at Ystradgynlais became known to the workers (and eventually to Smiths) as the Enfield Factory.
    From advertisements, it seems that “The Enfield Clock Co” ceased to trade independently and became just another part of the Smiths Group soon after they moved to Wales and it was about the same time that the “Smiths Enfield” name came into use (to the best of my knowledge the “Smiths Enfield” name first appeared in the Smiths catalogues and advertising in 1950).
    The production at Ystradgynlais was almost entirely movements which were sent away to be cased and finished, but in the early days around 1950 they did produce and case up some of the bakelite models such as the Troon (a timepiece) and its brother, the York which was a striking model.

  10. Hi all,
    I recently coerced my father to allow me ownership of his “Sir Bennett” Enfield Grandfather clock that he was given, which is remarkably similar to the PDF (thank you for the download by the way). However mine came without a pendulum just the leader, and mismatching weights that are not original. Given the variables of length of pendulums, the weight of the bobs and the actual weight on the grandfather movement, I was wondering if anyone could help me with 1. the type of hanger needed for the pendulum, 2. the length of the pendulum, and 3. the weight of the bob. Also can I assume the weights in the pdf would be similar to this clock movement. I would really appreciate any help on this matter. My poor “Enny” has an old hermle repo brass lyre sticky taped to a wooden pendulum stick, which is sticky taped to the bottom of the leader. It looks stupid at present, but it is working a treat, it sounds lovely and the timing is almost spot on.
    Thanks

  11. Greetings. I realize this thread is pretty old, but I just ran across it looking for information on the movement I have. This movement was rescued from the curb, the case looking like it had been thrown down some stairs and was trashed. So I snagged the movement, chimes, etc, and the original face and hands, with the idea of making my own wall mount and basic glass case for the movement. I’m interested in knowing more about the Enfield movement, which appears to be exactly the same as yours. It seems like a high quality movement.

    Towards getting it working, it would be helpful to me if you could share the specs on your chain (LPF, link width, wire width), since I was not able to locate any of the original chains. I see the pdf has the weight specs for all three chains, and that is helpful.

    Thanks for sharing what you can about your clock. The only possibly useful information I have is that this clock was American made by Hanson and was likely built sometime before 1940-ish.

  12. Looking for 1930s 1940s Enfield mantle clock gears for my mechanical clock can you help or know a supplier that sells tthem.
    I would be ever so grateful if you could help me.

  13. I’m interested in knowing more about the Enfield movement, which appears to be exactly the same as yours. It seems like a high quality movement. Thanks for sharing what you can about your clock. I have useful information that maybe could help. Gude & Meis has the collection that consists of 17 e , 18 e and 19 e century clocks including clocks, table clocks, grandfather clocks, etc. Visit gudemeis.com/over-ons/ to see all collection.

  14. Hi. I recently purchased a grandfather clock with an identical movement. Unfortunately it had been “tinkered” with, but I have managed to get it working. I’ve had to manufacture a few parts that were bent or missing. I’d be very interested to see some photographs of movements that are in their original state.

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