Telechron 6B01 “The Jubilee”, 1932-38. This large electric shelf clock has an unusual feature for a Telechron, a gong strike on the hour and half-hour – so now you could have your clock strike the hours, just like your old mantel clock, but never have to remember to wind it! What a clever combination of old and new – and it kept perfect time unless the power failed. Now, where to plug it in… The clock is 10.75 inches wide and 8.5 inches high. The wood case is clean and without markings, the convex glass covers a 5.5-inch dial with a sweep seconds hand and a red dot to indicate when power has failed. The clock is running and striking appropriately. $65-$100.
Haddon Golden Vision, 1957. Haddon mystery clocks look very much like the more common Jefferson Golden Hour clocks, and both companies were in Chicago, IL. Although both are based on patents by Leendert Prins, the Haddon clock uses a wire connection from the minute hand tip to a gear ring in the bezel to move the hand, and the geared-down hour hand, around the dial. Like the Jefferson clocks, the motor is in the base and rotates a gear ring in the bezel. While the dial is vertical in Jefferson clocks, most (but not all) Golden Visions, including this one, have the dial tilted back by about 10° for easier viewing. The clock also is lit from behind, and the light control is twist knob at the back of the clock. The light shines out an opening, ideally onto a near wall to provide backlighting for the dial. This clock is running and keeping time; it lacks the bottom cover plate over the motor. The gold-tone case is in excellent condition; the hour hand shows some small scrape marks. $25-$50.
Jefferson Electric Co. “Suspense”, ca. 1958. This is the third Suspense we have had in as many auctions, a normally difficult mystery clock to find. The clock stands 13 inches high with a glass back, dial numerals on the back of the glass, and a plexiglass dial suspended on a beaded chain. The minute hand is tightened down against the plexiglass while the hour hand is free to rotate. The motor at the top turns the chain which turns the clear dial and the hands move with it, the hour hand geared down by 12. The finish on this clock is in excellent shape, with no scratches or loss of the 24K gold finish. There is some noticeable corrosion on the base at the back, but it is not visible from the front. The power cord is original, and the motor is running with minimal noise, but a bit fast. Sale prices in the last two auctions were $240 and $256.
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.