Early "Ever Ready" Night projection clock
Ref No. c111
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Polished wood battery box and original cord and turned wooden push button. Clock in brass sleeve. Projection unit, which can be separated from the clock if not in use, is plated and has mirror and lens.
Junghans brass movement.
Judging from its appearance, this item is in completely original condition. It seems probable that when the main spring slipped it was put away in store and has only just seen the light of day again. It has the original dust and dirt of ages and must be a restorer's dream!
Noted clock historian Alan Shenton provided the following information in response to an enquiry about whether the old Ever Ready had any connection with todays Ever Ready:
In case you don't recognise the description it is also sometimes, and possibly facetiously, known as a brothel clock.
The clock is of course mechanical and the battery in the base was used to switch on a pair of small bulbs behind the translucent dial when the push button on the cord was pressed.
Ever Ready Chronology:
American Electric Novelty and Many Co 1901-1911
British Ever Ready Electrical Co Ltd 1913-1920
Ever Ready Co (Great Britain) Ltd 1920 to present
This business was established as the A EN & M Co Ltd in 1901 with
Alfred Loebl recorded as Managing Director at 36A Northampton Street
Essex Road N and 102 Charing Cross Road (15.9.1940, 11.11.1904).
By 1911 when the firm was restyled BERE they had moved to the
Ever-Ready Works Hercules Place Holloway, N (14.11.1911-9.7.1931.
Alfred Loebl who died early in 1912 was replaced by Samual Stern
28.2.1912. In 1913 the firm's name was changed to the NBEEC with
Magnus Goodfellow and Louis Philip Lichtenstein as directors
(9.7.1913) They were listed in 1915 as portable electric lamp makers and
manufacturers of Ever Ready specialities and in 1920 following a
voluntary liquidation on 6th May the company was reconstructed under its present
title as manufacturers of dry battereis, portable electric lamps and
electrical accessories etc.
Connection proved by fact that 1903 patent for Scott clock carries
Scott and Loebl as patentees.