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Speedometer 0-80

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1468
Category: General Purpose
Object Type: Indicator/Instrument
Object Name: Speedometer 0-80
Part No: None
Serial No: 30661
Manufacturer: Elliott Bros
Division: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: circa 1920
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Location: Main Object Store

Elliott Brothers (London) Limited
Reg. No.668619 30661


This Instrument is a Type 14 Speedometer from around 1920. It has a black metal casing with circular glass panel at the front with a dial displaying 10-80 miles per hour a four digit Odometer and what we would call a Trip setting dial reading from 0-100 miles. The inner dial is also marked in red with fractional values but it is not clear what these indicate.
The Speedometer was probably made at the Lewisham factory.

As early as 1904 Elliott Bros (London) Ltd were supplying Speedometers (sometimes called Motormeters) and in 1908 a double instrument of Speedometer and Odometer was supplied and pictures show this fitted to cars like the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This product was endorsed in an early RAC advertisement by His Supreme Highness Prince Francis of Teck who strongly urges fitting of a Speedometer. The advertisement goes on to say that in the 2000 mile test the British made Elliott Speedometer was the best. At a Court Hearing in 1909 Elliott Bros proved that their Speedometer was more accurate than the stopwatch used by the Police. At this time the Company advertisements show the double instrument as the ‘Universal Favourite Type 7’ and the single Speedometer as the ‘New Popular Model Type 2’. Elliotts made a range of instruments for measuring the speed of vehicles or engines and it was logical that they should make such instruments for aircraft.

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