Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by W.A.S. Benson (1854-1924)
Brass, with enamel dial, and glass
23.5 cm (high) x 10.5 cm (diameter of glass)
English (London), circa 1903
‘W.A.S. BENSON & Co Ld / 82 & 83, New Bond ST W’ (on face)
WASB, with hammers between, within shield, and ‘RD 423669’ (on outside of cover at the back – see right)
‘Elliot / 166 Newport Rd’ (in pencil, inside the back cover – see right)
Ian Hamerton (ed.), W.A.S. Benson Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design (2005), pp. 102-03 (for a discussion of Benson’s clock cases)
The design for the present clock, no. 423669, was registered in December 1903 (Hamerton, op. cit., p. 286).
A second, slightly smaller variant, raised on four splayed trefoil feet, is recorded by Hamerton (pl. 81).
An example of the smaller clock, en suite with a pair of candlesticks, was shown at the New Zealand International Exhibition, 1906-07; see The British Government Exhibit at the New Zealand International Exhibition, 1908, p. 249 and p. 312 (photograph showing set in a showcase).
For a pair of candlesticks see Eloy Koldeweij, The English Candlestick 1425-1925, 2001, cat. no. 216. These candlesticks are in the Crab Tree Farm collection, en suite with their clock.