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Gent and Co

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June 1898.
August 1899.
February 1901.
1913. 'Electromatic'
1926. Pul-syn-etic Electric Clocks.
Pulsynetic clock at York Railway Station.
1938. Clock by Gent and Co. Exhibit at Kelham Island Museum.
May 1944.
March 1945.
May 1949.
July 1949.
September 1953. Bells.
Gent's Slave Clock.
Gent's Slave Clock.

‎‎of Faraday Works, Leicester. Telephone: 24151/2/3, Telegraphic Address: "Gents, Leicester"

1872 John Thomas Gent started the business after serving an apprenticeship in Halifax.

It is said that G. T. Gent and Co were one of the first to produce electric bells in the UK. During the first years Gent was interested in developing electrical equipment, including telephones, fire alarms, electric lightning and other devices.

1884 I. H. Parsons was apprenticed to Mr Gent, later followed by A. W. Stavely. Mr Gent retired from Gent and Co that year, leaving Parsons and Stavely as joint partners.

1903 The firm was registered as a limited company known as Gent and Co. Shortly after that A. E. J Ball joined the company and they started to produce an electric clock system, known eventually as the "Pul-syn-etic".

1904 Offered water-tight contacts for use with water-level alarms.

1907 The firm produced the famous Waiting Train system.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. "Pul-Syn-Etic" Electric Impulse Clocks, including Turret and Marine. Synchronous Clocks. "Tangent" Metal-clad Bells, Relays, Telephones, Mining and Industrial. Electro-Motor Syrens, Liquid Level Indicators and Recorders. Staff Locators. Fire Alarms. Luminous Call Systems. (Stand No. Cb.606) [1]

1937 Manufacturing electrical engineers. "Pul-syn-etic" Electric Impulse Clocks. "Tangent" Electrical Apparatus. [2]

1961 Electrical and horological engineers, manufacturing bells, buzzers, relays, indicators, staff locators, luminous call systems, certified mining equipment, transformers, electric impulse and synchronous clocks, watchman's clocks, fire and burglar alarms, telephones, process timers, and liquid level control apparatus. 400 employees. [3]

1982 MK Electric acquired Chloride Gent, maker of fire alarms, commercial and industrial clocks and call systems[4]

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Pulsynetic
  • AA. [2] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry