Updated 8 May 2013.
The relationship of Metalair Ltd, Wokingham, Berks, who at one time made synchronous electric clocks, to present day companies with Metalair in their names is not clear. During the Second World War Metalair made metal aircraft components, and John Nuttall has located two advertisements, published in 1941 and 1943, offering their services. He believes that after the war Metalair diversified into other products, including synchronous clocks, but points out that they are not listed in directories of old clockmakers. This probably dates Metalair synchronous clocks to the late 1940s. Clocks with guarantee cards dated April and May 1947 are known.
Malcolm Whatley, the son of the founder of Metalair, states that, after the war, contracts were few and far between, and to keep the business going Metalair manufactured electric clocks, anodised tea trays, children’s tricycles, and the first rotary lawn mower called the Ladybird. After the founder’s death in 1956, the company had to be sold to pay death duties, and the company is believed to have moved to the Norfolk area.
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