This working electrical clock is a unique piece of Canadian manufacturing history with ties to England and and the USA. This movement is meant to be in a wooden ship shaped mantle or desk clock as shown in the last photo, but all we have is the movement with original electrical cord.
The first Toronto-based clock company, the Snider Clock Corporation, was set up in 1950 by Harry Snider, who then changed the name in 1957 to the Snider Clock Mfg Co. Limited. Over a period of more than twenty-five years up to 1976 there were hundreds of models of Snider mantel, alarm, TV lamp, 'starburst', and wall clocks designed and manufactured in Toronto.
Both spring-driven and electric movements were used extensively. The windup movements with built-in keys for their 1950s alarm clocks were obtained from the Ingraham Canadian Clock Company in Toronto and most of the electric motors were imported unassembled from the Lanshire company in Chicago. The earliest electric motors were obtained from Smith Clocks in England (the word SECTRIC appears on those early dials). Later, battery-operated electromechanical (balance wheel) movements were introduced. Quartz clock technology came along after the second Snider company went of business. HOWEVER, you may find an old Snider clock with the failed electric motor replaced by a new quartz movement.
This example has all the hallmarks from every region from which the parts were sourced. The clock face is a Smiths Sectric and says Made in Great Britain with Snider above showing that it was made specifically for Snider, Toronto, and the back plate says Lanshire Made in USA.
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