Herbert Scott electrically driven pendulum clock, circa 1902.
Scott electrically driven pendulum clock, circa 1902. Scott’s electric clock represents an early British attempt to utilise the principle of the Hipp Toggle for impulsing a pendulum. This early electromagnetic mantel timepiece, under a glass case, was manufactured/marketed by the Ever Ready Specialities Company to a design by Herbert Scott patented in 1902. A mirror was generally fitted at the rear to enhance the effect of the moving pendulum, this swinging to end fro instead of the normal side to side motion of the ordinary clocks. As the pendulum swings a pair of electrical contacts are closed, allowing current to flow in an electro-magnet situated below the pendulum and energising it to give an impulse to a soft iron armature by attracting it, the soft iron armature being fixed to the free end of the pendulum. This type of early electric clock is very rare. Production stopped in 1912 after only about 500 clocks being made. This example is in exceptionally good condition, the antique glass dome case is intact, the motion-work is driven by batteries. Dimensions: Height: 44 cm x Width: 29,5 cm x Depth: 20cm Price € 4.850,- COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: - C.K. Aked, Electrifying Time, Antiquarian Horological Society, 1976, pp.60-61; - Alan and Rita Shenton, Collectable Clocks, - Antique Collectors' Club, 1994, p.370, fig.404. Herbert Scott (1865-1943) patented his version of a clock using the principle of the Hipp Toggle in 1903 and approximately 500 were made. They were marketed by the Ever Ready Specialities Company and sometimes retailed as the London Stereoscopic Company. - Antiquarian Horology, Volume 8, No 5, page 491-494.
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