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Marc Knight

Hi I'm new to this forum & looking to find out about a clock that my late Dad owned, that's currently in my possession.

 

Its a Message Centre Clock but not one I've seen before. I've been in contact with the Chelsea Clock Co, in Boston, who have confirmed it's not one of theirs. Have had a specialist clock repairer here in the UK look at it, he says that it's a bit of an odd one & made of mazac or some other aluminium alloy is unusual. He thinks this would make that its probably post war and made for either the Korean or Vietnam wars??

 

Photos attached, for you to peruse, if anyone can shed any light on it that would be much appreciated.

 

Cheers

 

Marc

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SGM (ret.)

Although it's not a Chelsie manufactured M2, you might post up your ID question on these two FaceBook pages.  Lots of advanced clock collectors on both (including folks who collect not just Chelsie clocks), and if no one knows the answer, maybe they'll have a suggestion on other research avenues.

FB: Chelsie Clock Collectors

 

FB: Marine Clocks & Ships Clocks

 

Given the cross-slotted (Phillips head) machine screws and odd (fabricated?) attaching flange, my guess is the movement is not original to the clock.  However, I've never seen an M2 cased that way (nor any US military clock, for that matter), and (just based on the photos) the case does look original.  The small screws holding the face into the case, though, don't look like the fit really well, so the face may also be something that has been put together with the movement and then all of that fitted into the case from an entirely different clock.

However, I'm far from an expert, so it's totally possible that I'm completely wrong.

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Marc Knight
3 hours ago, SGM (ret.) said:

Although it's not a Chelsie manufactured M2, you might post up your ID question on these two FaceBook pages.  Lots of advanced clock collectors on both (including folks who collect not just Chelsie clocks), and if no one knows the answer, maybe they'll have a suggestion on other research avenues.

FB: Chelsie Clock Collectors

 

FB: Marine Clocks & Ships Clocks

 

Given the cross-slotted (Phillips head) machine screws and odd (fabricated?) attaching flange, my guess is the movement is not original to the clock.  However, I've never seen an M2 cased that way (nor any US military clock, for that matter), and (just based on the photos) the case does look original.  The small screws holding the face into the case, though, don't look like the fit really well, so the face may also be something that has been put together with the movement and then all of that fitted into the case from an entirely different clock.

However, I'm far from an expert, so it's totally possible that I'm completely wrong.

 

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Marc Knight

thanks for the heads up, I'll give them a go 🙂

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