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Last updated: 14 February 2018

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Long-standing members may recall that, in 2007, the Society was given the opportunity to acquire an old clock that had been out of use at Provincial's Hoeford depot for many years.  Recognising its importance, the Committee at that time agreed that the clock should be saved but felt that it would be appropriate to pass it on to Hampshire Museums Service for long-term storage and possible display in Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham.

In the event, the clock was stored centrally in Winchester until last year's exhibition in Gosport Gallery presented an opportunity for it to be displayed to the public.  As the Society's own archive has developed since 2007 and now has a dedicated storage location for artefacts, the Committee decided to apply to Hampshire Cultural Trust for the clock to be returned to the Society after the exhibition closed.  The application was approved during the Autumn and the clock was transferred to the Society's archive (ref PS04237) in December 2017.

As the photographs show, the clock's case accommodates a punch mechanism towards the base and it is presumed that the clock was used by early crews or depot staff as a means of 'clocking' in and out of work.  The dial reveals that the clock was manufactured by the International Time Recording Company in Binghamton, New York (a forerunner of IBM) whereas its long case carries labels from the Thames Manufacturing Company Ltd of London Bridge.  For assistance with dating the clock, I contacted expert Brian Main who runs an excellent website on clocks of this type (www.workclocks.co.uk).  Thanks to Brian's guidance, I was able to access the punch mechanism and locate the small plate which carries the clock's serial number (10229).  This number enabled Brian to estimate the year of manufacture as 1905 - the year that the first electric trams were delivered to Hoeford, prior to entering service in January 1906.

The clock is amongst the earliest of this type that Brian has seen and one particularly notable feature is the reference to a patent from 1894 that appears on an escutcheon towards the base of the case. This patent actually predates the International Time Recording Company and Brian has kindly provided a copy for the Society's archive.

As always, any members (or non-members) with artefacts or images that they would like to donate to the Society are requested to make contact using the following e-mail address: ProvSocArchive@gmail.com.

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