Penwood Numechron Co. “24 HR”, 1952. From back in the days when digital wasn’t commonplace. This is a 24-hour clock, or military time. Dark brown Bakelite case, 8 inches wide, 4 inches high, and 4 inches deep. Clear plastic window with plastic rollers with the hours, minutes, and a continuously rolling seconds display with each 15 second segment in a different color. You set the time by moving the rollers with your finger from underneath. Clock is running and keeping time. Original power cord. $25-$50.
ATO battery-operated desk clock, ca. 1925. The case is rosewood with a burl pattern in front and blonde inlay strips surrounding a metal art deco dial and glass with “ATO” on the dial. It is 5.75 inches high and 4.75 inches wide. The brass electromechanical movement is signed “Leon Hatot | Fabricants | Paris, France”. It looks like it ran on a ‘D’ size battery or equivalent but we did not test it, and there is some corrosion at the battery terminals. Hatot’s ATO clocks were like the Bulle electromechanical clocks with a swinging magnetic pendulum, which can be seen behind the back plate; there is a lever to the right to secure it when moving the clock. A couple of sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide at Schmitt’s, typically about $200. $100-$200.
Jefferson Electric Co. “Golden Minute” 1950’s. The little brother to the Golden Hour, this electric mystery clock is 7.25 inches high and 6 inches wide in the same gold-plated zinc alloy. Some of the gold finish has been worn off this clock but it still looks pretty good. The clock is running quietly and keeping time. $50-$90.
Jefferson Electric Co. “Golden Secret”, 1950’s. These two mystery clocks differ from those that contain a rotating glass disk; they use a cable that runs through the tube from the back of the base to the hands in the center of the ring. There is no glass. These clocks tend to run slow, and these are no exception; both lose 5-10 min or so a day. The finish shows some spotting on the one on the right and there is a missing hour button at 5 o’clock, and the 7 o’clock button is a poor replacement; the one on the left has a slight mar on the right side of the base, but it is not very noticeable. They stand 7.25 inches high and 5.75 inches wide. Motors for these clocks are not readily available, but occasionally an eBay seller will list refurbished motors. These guys typically bring $50-$60 apiece on eBay, but can sell for over $100 when in excellent shape.
Jefferson Electric Co. “Golden Helm”, 1953. About the same size as the Golden Minute and also uses a silver chapter ring, but the lettering on the ring is black rather than white. It also uses the same motor. It stands 8 inches high and has an anchor and sailor’s hook as hands, inside a ship’s wheel. The finish on this clock is excellent. We replaced the motor and power cord, and it is running and keeping time, ready for service. Ahoy! $100-$150.
Howard Miller ships clock, model No. 612-447. It is running and striking ships bells on the hours and half hours. Like new very clean and polished case, sits on a wood display block. The dial is about 4 inches, is signed “Howard Miller / 11 Jewels”. $50-$100.
Carriage clock in nickel case standing 7 inches high. Dial and movement are signed, “CB” or just “B”. Dial has seconds dial and alarm dial. Alarm plays music. Music box is in the base. Movement is very nice and clean and running. Original key is stored on the back of the latching back door. $75-$150.
5 small wooden desk clocks, all made by Seth Thomas. They are 4 to 6 inches tall, 4 of the 5 have all their winding stems, one doesn’t. All have good dials, bezels, glass, and hands. None are running. $50-$100.
6 alarm clock types, all different makers, 1 is German, 1 is French, 4 are American made. 5 of the 6 are complete, 1 is missing the winding stem. None are running. $50-$100.
Ansonia Clock Co. glass clock with flower designs cut into the glass. It is almost 6 inches tall, complete and has no chips or other problems. The dial is signed twice, original 3 hands, backwind, running as I type. $50-$100.