Updated 18 December 2015.

Ferranti Ltd, Hollinwood, Manchester produced synchronous clocks from 1932 to 1957 . For further information, and the history of the company, see the following book.

LINES M A. Ferranti synchronous electric clocks. Milton Keynes: Zazzo Media, 2012.

The book includes descriptions of Ferranti synchronous movements, and extensive information on individual clock models, including a picture gallery. The paperback edition includes some minor corrections.

Descriptions of Ferranti synchronous movements are also included in the following references.

PHILPOTT S F. Modern electric clocks. Second edition. London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd, 1935

ROBINSON T R. Modern Clocks. Their repair and maintenance. Second edition. London: N A G Press Ltd, 1942.

ROBINSON T R. The Ferranti rotor modified. Horological Journal, 1946, 88(1056), 372.

ROBINSON T R. The Ferranti synchronous timepiece. Horological Journal, 1954, 96(1153), 641-642.

WISE S J. Electric clocks. Second edition. London: Heywood & Company Ltd, 1951.

Most British made synchronous clocks have motors which rotate at 200 rpm but Ferranti motors rotate at 166⅔ rpm.

Model numbers shown are based on information in Lines’  book. There are some inconsistencies. In particular, Ferranti sometimes used the same model number for different clocks produced at different times. It is not clear whether this was intentional or an oversight (Lines, private communication, 2012). There are often variations, for example in hand style, for clocks with the same model number produced in different years.

For more information on a clock click on the link. If no link see POOK L P British domestic synchronous clocks 1930-1980. The rise and fall of a technology. Springer, 2015.

Ferranti No. 3 synchronous mantel clock

Ferranti No. 5 synchronous bedside clock

Ferranti No. 12 synchronous bedside clock

6 Dec 12 B
Ferranti No. 33 synchronous bedside clock

11 Dec 15 I
Ferranti No. 38 synchronous bedside clock S 292 Ferranti A

Ferranti No. 132 synchronous mantel clock

Ferranti No. 151 synchronous granddaughter clock

Ferranti No. 252 synchronous mantel clock

23 Jly 13 D
Ferranti No. 290 synchronous mantel clock

Clock marketed under another name

The Northern Goldsmiths Company synchronous mantel clock
S 107 Northern Goldsmiths B

Clocks with Ferranti movement


Fattorini synchronous mantel clock S 212 Fattorini A

Perry synchronous mantel clock S 173 Perry B


3 Responses to “Ferranti”

  1. Antoine O'Loughlainn Says:

    I have the Ferranti No. 5 synchronous mantel clock S 28 Ferranti C as illustrated above and am unsure to its value. Have you any idea of value and rarity as I’ve never seen another one of these? I hope you don’t mind me asking.

  2. Les Pook Says:

    I do not normally estimate the value of specific clocks. Synchronous clocks are difficult to value because prices achieved on eBay, and asking prices in shops, vary widely for similar clocks. This particular model does seem to be rare, probably because it didn’t sell well. I don’t think rarity adds to the value. Prices achieved on eBay for Ferranti clocks appear to have increased since the publication of Lines’ book because it is now possible to identify models and dates.

  3. robert Says:

    Hello, I came to this page via a search. I’m in the process of restoring my Ferranti synchronous electric clock. It has a 12″ Art Deco face and a stepped bezel. I have found reference to a 6″ clock of similar design at http://www.electric-clocks.co.uk/ but I can find no reference at all of a 12″ clock ever made by Ferranti. Has anyone here come across one?

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