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Huge Gensign Ironmongers Clock


Code: 11916


W: 47cm (18.5")H: 107cm (42.1")D: 41cm (16.1")

A huge illuminated advertising clock by Gensign.
A remarkable & extremely rare clock of great proportions, double sided with the most fantastic square faces flanked by advertising panels top & bottom, all illuminated from within by four bulbs. The faces & advertising panels are reverse painted glass, the clock retains it's original hands & twin hanging brackets & the original paintwork has a great untouched patina. These iconic Gensign clocks were made to order in small numbers, few survived & they rarely come onto the market at all.
The clock hung for the better part of a century outside 'Streets Ironmongery' in Havent, midaway between Portsmouth & Chichester & was reclaimed when they finally closed in 2017. In the second & third from last images the clock can be seen in the distance in the 1940's black & white image & then again shortly before it was taken down.
Early 20th century.
Wear commensurate with age, good solid condition overall. The clock has obviously had a life during it's prolonged service though remains solid with a couple of spots of (stable, see last image) corrosion as highlighted. It it has one faithfully reproduced replacement glass face & one replacement side & bottom panel. The original movements have been replaced with modern quartz types (battery) but the originals were supplied to us with the clock & can be included at no extra cost, the modern movements do keep good time once set.
Collection from our warehouse in Downham Market (PE38) preferred, UK private courier service may be possible, please enquire for details.