A small silver Liberty & Co Cymric clock, designed by Archibald Knox, dated Birmingham 1903. This is one of Knox’s earliest clock designs and is the only clock that appears in the c. 1900 illustrated Cymric catalogue, page 57. The original white enamel face with Latin lettering “Festina Lente” translates as “make haste slowly” or “more haste, less speed”. The front of the clock has been engraved with the crest of the Todd family.
Maker: Liberty & Co
Designer: Archibald Knox
Date : 1903
Marks: L & Co, Birmingham, date letter “d”, Model number 5021
Material: Sterling silver, enamel dial
Condition: Good, clock in working order. Slight dent or bend to corner of the clock’s top. Engraved with crest to front.
Size: 9.5cm high, 9cm wide at base, 7.5cm deep at base
Weight : NA
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Archibald Knox small silver clock
The design drawing for the clock can be found at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA), Middelesex University and is named “Olaf”. Olaf was a 13th century King of the Isle of Man. See article by myself, Anthony Bernbaum, entitled “Origins of the Liberty Cymric range” in the Archibald Knox Society Journal 2014 Volume III, Page 26.