Riley

Updated 18 January 2015.

For more information on the clock see POOK L P. British domestic synchronous clocks 1930-1980. The rise and fall of a technology. Springer, 2015.


Riley synchronous mantel clock

2 Responses to “Riley”

  1. Nick Arnold Says:

    Hello again, Les. I’ve just picked up a Riley clock on eBay, in a solidly-made, vaguely art deco case. The movement seems to be a Bijou, but with a separate start knob (whereas on the Smith’s clocks I’ve seen, they’ve either started as the hand-set is released or have been self-starting). Furthermore, the stator housing has a solid back, whereas Smiths ones I’ve seen have had radial slots for ventilation. Is yours the same, please? Nick.

  2. Les Pook Says:

    Nick, yes my clock is the same. The movement is unbranded but does appear to be a version of the Smith Bijou movement. However, there is a patent pending number, but none of the usual Smith patent numbers. I have not been able to locate any information about who manufactured Riley clocks.. Smith did make movements for other manufacturers and put whatever the manufacturer wanted on them.

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