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Vitascope Art Deco Bakelite Automata Clock .

~ British - Circa 1940 ~

~~ Excellent condition ~~ 

A unusual white Bakelite Vitascope clock, mains powered, with an automata rocking ship in the window above the dial. The sky lights up and dims and brightens as if with the rising/setting sun, the ship pitches gently up and down in the waves.... very soothing! See movie below.

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. The clock is powered by a 240 volt mains supply (at 50 cycles) to a synchronous movement which drives both the hands and the automata.
Overseas buyers please note the voltage and AC cycles required (clock must have 50 cycles to keep time, USA mains is 60 cycles so the clock will run fast. Voltage must be correct also, you may need a transformer, inverter etc)

Condition of the case is very good, no cracks or breaks, there is some discolouration as always with early plastic, see the pictures below. The ship and window have been cleaned and are in good, complete condition. The mechanism works well and has been re-wired with the metal parts correctly earthed. 

Dimensions of clock:

inches Height 12 1/2", Width 10 3/4", Depth 6 1/2"
  centimetres Height 32 cm, Width 27.5 cm, Depth 16.5 cm

Click the movie player below to hear and see the clock run - large file, may take a moment to start.


Full Size video - click here!

International Shipping is no problem - fully insured

UK postage by courier will be 20

International shipping to USA and Europe will be 45 by Air with insurance.

Rest of the world including Australia and Far East will be 75

  We use a premium courier such as UPS, DHL etc or a dedicated/specialist antiques courier.
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