Gents of Leicester, the first company to market electric bells in the UK, began to produce the electric clock system, known eventually as the Pulsynetic in the first decade of the 20th century.
Essentially a series of 'slaves' driven by
regular electric impulses were connected in series with the master
clock thus ensuring all clocks in a building were set to precisely
the same time. It was an important development for factories,
public buildings and railway stations.
So many of these have been stripped out and
discarded across the years that early models are genuinely
Judging by the case design the master clock
seen at the October 9 collective sale conducted by
Golding Young in Grantham dated from the second quarter of the
20th century. Instructions to the 2ft 4in (71cm) high glazed
mahogany case read: To advance or retard the clocks set the
indicator to the number of minutes required and press down the
Proof of the increasing interest surrounding
electrical clocks this example, estimated at £400-800, sold to a
collector for £3400.
The buyer's premium was 17.5%.