Posted 4 years ago
I won these on an EBay auction. This is the big sister to the Smith Metal Arts MoonCrest clock I bought earlier.
Smith Metal Arts is located in Buffalo, New York has the distinction of being the only manufacturer discussed here that is still in operation as Smith - McDonald and still produces the type of goods it traditionally made including desk sets.
With its long history, Smith made a line of desk accessories including clocks. Smith's clock designs were more conservative than Lawson's and I suspect that's why their clocks, particularly the SilverCrest models (which aren't silver in composition or color, by the way) turn up so often--they probably appealed to a larger audience. SilverCrest clocks came attached to a desk tray, MoonCrest clocks (see my previous were unattached and stood alone.
This set is complete and not broken up which is what happens to so many sets over the years.
Smith Metal Arts used both Pennwood and Lawson mechanisms and some Smith cases were fitted for both so either type could be used. Nontheless, Smith Metal Arts clocks are Smith Metal Arts clocks; they were not made or sold by Pennwood or Lawson who had more than enough models of their own.
The metal strip on the clock and blotter were for engraving the owner's initials. The designer of both the SilverCrest and the MoonCrest was Peter Muller-Monk , and not K.E. M. Webber as I have seen them attributed to on a number of internet sites. K.E.M. Webber worked for Lawson, not Smith Metal Arts.
Just recently bought the replacement pens and pen-holders for the clock, these are held in magnetically and are the magnets strong.