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SHIP AUTOMATA CLOCK MADE BY VITASCOPE INDUSTRIES C1944

Photo taken in daytime

Photo taken in the evening ,quite spectacular when lit up!

                                                The first design of this clock was patented in 1941 by a Mr. J S Thatcher later amendments by Mr. J F
  Summersgil followed in 1944 and 1947. It has an unusual Bakelite case in the Art Deco style. The clock is powered by a 250volt mains supply (at 50 cycles) to a synchronous movement which drives both the hands and the automata. The movement and back panel are earthed using three-core mains wire to comply with E.E.C. Regulations.  

Maker's  Label 

These clocks were manufactured in The Isle Of Man 

 The thick clear plastic bar seen here is used to transfer the coloured light up to the ship above,  The ship rides on a cam which make the ship lift and roll and is very realistic 
Note the 10 Watt bulb in it's holder

 Inside the back of the clock showing the  drum with differing coloured strips of dyed gelatine to give the effect of sunrise / sunset as it revolves driven by the clock's electrical synchronous movement. At the top is shown the plastic background that is the sky.  Both the movement and back panel are earthed using three-core mains wire to comply with E.E.C. Regulations.   Picture of the back of the clock showing the rear door (which opens to reveal the 10 watt bulb ) and the knob used to start the the clock. (the movement is not self starting when first switched on and this knob needs to be turned in the direction shown to start the clock) The original maker's label is at the top, the serial number at the bottom
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This clock is now sold but I have two others for sale

I am at present restoring one of these clocks CLICK HERE TO VIEW 

 

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