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Object ID # 1960.007.005abc
Object Name Clock, Mantel
Title Agnes Macphail's 400-Day Clock
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 1945
Artist Need to identify the logo yet
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description One 400-day rotating pendulum mantel clock (a) that belonged to Agnes Macphail. There is a round, brass base with two vertical brass columns at the front. Arabic numerals are black-printed on a shiny white ceramic dial? The clock hands are spade-shaped. There is an "18" impress-stamped inside the back panel. No maker's name seen, but the back has an impressed logo of two elephants around a clock. It is a spring-powered clock, with an anchor escapement mechanism. This clock does not chime. It has a clear (colourless) blown glass dome. The clock is brass-plated. The brass pendulum bob (b) has a quatrefoil shape with decorative brass balls and hangs from the mechanism by means of a delicate wire. It can be carefully lifted off [it should always be removed before the clock is moved, in order to protect its suspension wire].
Makers mark
There is an "18" impress-stamped inside the back panel. No maker's name seen, but the back has an impressed logo of two elephants beside a clock.
Provenance This clock belonged to Agnes Campbell Macphail of Grey County. The clock was previously later owned by her sisters Lillian Bailey and Gertha Reany.

Agnes C. Macphail (b. 1890-d. 1954) grew up in Proton Township and Artemesia Township, in Grey County. In order to further her education, she had to board in Owen Sound, Grey County so that she could attend the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute [O.S.C.I.]. She did not complete her highschool degree there, due to a disagreement with Principal Murray, but finished in Stratford, Ontario. She then attended Stratford Normal School. She later became a teacher and then in her 30s, became a politician. She became Canada's first female Member of Parliament in 1921.
Collection Horology, 20th-c Collection
Material Brass/Glass/Metal/Enamel
Dimensions H-31.1 Dia-20 cm
Found Ceylon, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People Macphail, Agnes
Reany, Gertha Macphail
Function This is a household timepiece, suitable for sitting on a mantel or livingroom table.

Did it once have a winding key?