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Clock

Edwards and Sons

Category

Horology

Date

1910

Materials

Brass, Glass

Place of origin

Regents Street

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Collection

Castle Drogo, Devon (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Castle Drogo, Devon, South West, National Trust

NT 902588

Caption

This clock demonstrates Julius Drewe’s enthusiasm for the latest gadget. In the early 20th century, mechanical clocks that were powered manually by a hanging weight or a mainspring dominated the market; yet Drewe liked to keep up with the latest trends and bought the clock at a cost of 5 guineas. The clock still works today, and joins a variety of gadgetry throughout the house such as a centralised vacuum cleaning system built under the floorboards of the rooms and an electric undercloth on the Dining Room table into which artificial candles were inserted to light the setting. Unfortunately, the centralised vacuuming system failed to work, and one can only imagine the danger of spilt drinks on an electric tablecloth!

Summary

An electrical clock, about 1910 by Edwards and Sons - Single train electrically impulsed pendulum movement of Herbert Scott's design.

Provenance

This item forms part of the original Drewe family collection at Castle Drogo. It was transferred to the National Trust in 1986.

Marks and inscriptions

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Makers and roles

Edwards and Sons, maker

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